So far, we’re three-for-three when it comes to iconic members of the “Star Wars” universe possibly returning for the upcoming ”Star Wars: Episode VII.”
A day after the three moons of Naboo appeared to be in perfect alignment following a report in Palm Beach Illustrated in which Carrie Fisher offered an unequivocal “yes” when asked if she was a lock to return as Princess Leia, it turned out her confirmation came with a sly wink we all missed.
“She was joking,” a rep for the actress told CNN about Fisher’s claims. “Nothing has been announced.” In fact, despite some whispers that Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford might be willing to suit up again as, respectively, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, no casting has been confirmed yet.
It’s hard to see how fans could have been fooled by the author/thespian who put her colorful, chaotic life on stage during the hilarious 2006 one-woman play “Wishful Drinking.”
Asked by Illustrated how she saw Leia in the J.J. Abrams Disney reboot of the most iconic space series in moviedom, Fisher quipped, “elderly,” adding, “She’s in an intergalactic old folks’ home. I just think she would be just like she was before, only slower and less inclined to be up for the big battle.”
Well, Luke, Leia and Han are still a mystery, but at least we know the series is in good hands with lifelong “Star Wars” superfan Abrams, who was initially reluctant to take on the daunting project as he worked to finish the upcoming “Star Trek Into Darkness.”
“I learned firsthand how incredible and persuasive she is,” Abrams said of his December meeting with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “The thing about any pre-existing franchise — I’d sort of done that … but when I met with Kathy, it was suddenly very tantalizing.”
Now we’ll just have to wait and see if it’s tantalizing enough to lure back some of the original cast. We’re looking at you, Chewie.