And so, the “Star Wars” wheel of confirmation and denial spins on and on.
After Carrie Fisher seemingly decided to say enough is enough with the rumors of returning cast members for the new trilogy and told Palm Beach Illustrated plainly, “Yes,” she was returning, we now have a denial from her people.
Once Fisher’s rep fired back with a “She was joking,” it landed with all the believability of a “jk” at the end of an insulting text. The whole confirmation and then immediate claim of “joking” gives the impression that Fisher was, in fact, telling the truth and didn’t care enough to hide it before a big, Disney-approved press release. But that’s just our nerd speculation and weariness about all of this.
But now we hear from George Lucas film, who spoke with Bloomberg Business Week for their feature on the Lucasfilm-Disney deal. Read what he had to say after the jump!
When the business magazine asked him directly if Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill would return, Lucas responded thusly:
“We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison—or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation. So I called them to say, ’Look, this is what’s going on.’ Maybe I’m not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them.”
So, yes? No?
Lucas finished his answer with “I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not.” Ugh.
Disney, please, please, please just confirm that you’ve given the three actors as much money as they want and that they’ve all agreed to return, so we can end this.