Mark Hamill is quickly becoming the premiere source of “Star Wars: Episode VII” news. Soon after Disney and Lucasfilm announced the new deal, the former Luke Skywalker told Entertainment Weekly that he and Carrie Fisher had known about the new trilogy currently stand.
Now the last remaining Jedi has opened up to Entertainment Tonight about where the deals (or lack thereof) to bring him, Fisher, and Harrison back to a galaxy far, far away.
In short, Hamill says that while there aren’t any deals in place for the original trio to reprise their roles, but he does confirm that Lucasfilm is negotiating with them about returning. “They’re talking to us,” Hamill said. He also gives his best guess what the movie will be about.
Read what Hamill had to say after the jump!
From the way Hamill talks about the current state of things, it sounds like there still need to be some serious conversations between the actors, Kathleen Kennedy, and Michael Arndt.
“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.”
And while Hamill isn’t sure what “Episode VII” would hold in store for Luke, he has an idea of the way things would go.
“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.'”
He also has some reservations about returning without his costars. Additionally, Hamill wants to go retro.
“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 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 &@8212; in my opinion, anyway….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.'”
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