With Star Wars Episode VII potentially two years away, and that’s a generous assumption at this point, the rumors have only begun when it comes to what the story will be. We’ve heard everything from a whole new cast of adventurers to the continuing saga of the Solo/Skywalker brood. Well, speaking with ET Online during the press rounds for his flick Sushi Girl, now on DVD/Blu-ray, Mark Hamill may be able to shed a little more light on where Episode VII is going.
For starters, Hamill reveals, “They’re talking to us,” which isn’t an earth-shattering revelation, we’ve kind of already assumed they had. He continues,
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 bit about only including those original characters if the original actors were to return is new, and welcomed news at that. Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford‘s images are so closely associated with those characters it’d be almost impossible to recast, so I’m happy to hear they won’t be considering it.
Hamill assures ET he knows nothing about what Episode VII will explore, but he shares what he’d like to see, saying,
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 guess I’ll have to tune into your show to figure out who’s on board.
And where he thinks an older Luke Skywalker will fit in,
I’m assuming, because I haven’t talked to the writers, that these movies would be about our offspring — like my character would be sort of in the Obi-Wan range [as] an influential character. … When I found out [while making the original trilogy] that ultimate good news/bad news joke – the good news is there’s a real attractive, hot girl in the universe; the bad news is she’s your sister – I thought, ‘Well, I’m going to wind up like Sir Alec [Guinness]. I’m going to be a lonely old hermit living out in some kind of desert igloo with a couple of robots.’
This does bring up the question of the Expanded Universe character, Mara Jade, who eventually marries Luke and gives him a son. Whether we’ll see that happen in the new trilogy, who knows!?!
Hamill also has an opinion on what the special effects should be like for Episode VII, one that will likely please fans of the original trilogy,
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.
Hear, hear! I believe, as I’m sure many of you do, that the prequel trilogy suffered from too much CGI, among other things. Here’s hoping the new direction J.J. Abrams and Disney take Star Wars includes less of a reliance on digital effects and a return to some practical ones.
You can read more from Hamill over on ET Online, including what he thinks of the rumored spin-offs and what character he’d like to see explored in their own movie. What do you think of him, Fisher, and Ford returning? What kind of roles would you like their characters to play?