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Han Solo and Darth Vader may get all of the press, but when it comes to the original "Star Wars" trilogy, there's no real doubt who the story is really about: Luke Skywalker.
And since you can't have Luke Skywalker without star Mark Hamill, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Hamill is in talks to return to the "Star Wars" universe for "Episode VII" — assuming he wants to.
Which is a pretty damn fair assumption, to hear Hamill tell it.
"They're talking to us," Mark Hamill said in a new interview with Entertainment Tonight. "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."
"I'm assuming, because I haven't talked to the writers, that these movies would be about our offspring ," he added. "Like my character would be sort of in the Obi-Wan range [as] an influential character."
Still, Hamill has long been resigned to his character having a less than fairy tale ending and doesn't seem to have any problems with it.
"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. I'm going to be a lonely old hermit living out in some kind of desert igloo with a couple of robots.'"
Here's hoping they end up finding something a little more exciting for him to do than that.