It probably doesn’t surprise anyone that the original Star Wars cast may be involved in JJ Abrams‘ Star Wars VII in some form or capacity. The past few months all we’ve heard is rumblings about which cast members have been approached and are considering returning. In a recent interview with ET, Mark Hamill talked about his new movie Sushi Girl, but the conversation inevitably turned to Star Wars. Hamil gives us the most candid and open discussion we’ve seen on the upcoming movie yet.
Hamill starts off by saying that he has been in talks, but nothing has been confirmed and no contracts have been signed. He also puts some fans at ease when he reveals that they would not recast the original actors if they do wind up passing on the new film:
They’re talking to us. George [Lucas] wanted to know whether we’d be interested. He did say that if we didn’t want to do it, they wouldn’t cast another actor in our parts – they would write us out. … I can tell you right away that we haven’t signed any contracts. We’re in the stage where they want us to go in and meet with Michael Arndt, who is the writer, and Kathleen Kennedy, who is going to run Lucasfilm. Both have had meetings set that were postponed — on their end, not mine. They’re more busy than I am.
The actor said he knows very little about the new trilogy, learning most of it as we do. He said when talking to Lucas, the director didn’t mention that Disney would be the ones in control. Hamill said he found out about that little nugget “online like everybody else.” Like a lot of people, Hamill also has ideas on how Episode VII should go:
I said to George that I wanted to go back to the way it was, in the sense that ours was much more carefree and lighthearted and humorous – in my opinion, anyway. And another thing I’d want to make sure of is are we going to have the whole gang back? Is Carrie and Harrison and Billy Dee and Tony Daniels, everybody that’s around from the original [returning]? I want to make sure that everybody’s on board here, rather than just one.
I hope they find the right balance of CGI with practical effects. I love props, I love models, miniatures, matte paintings — I’m sort of old school. I think if you go too far in the direction of CGI it winds up looking like just a giant a video game, and that’s unfortunate. … If they listen to me at all, it’ll be, ‘Lighten up and go retro with the way it looks.
Hamill had a lot more to say about the planned spinoff movies as well. He discusses the rumors about Fett and Solo and what other characters he’d like to see get their own flick. You can read the full interview by clicking here. It’s nice to see that Hamill is excited about the new trilogy. He sounds very optimistic, but it seems a lot hinges on who else will be coming back. Since he said they wouldn’t recast Luke, Han, and Leia it looks as if they have a Plan B in place if they do pass. With things moving pretty fast, we’ll probably hear more soon. What do you think?
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Source : ET via Collider