Ever since Disney acquired the rights to "Star Wars" in what is surely the last sign of the coming apocalypse, rumors have been flying that the cast of the original trilogy — namely Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford — will all be returning for "Star Wars: Episode VII." Heck, sometimes those rumors even come from the stars themselves, like Fisher's supposed "joke" yesterday about returning as Leia. It's hard to even figure out what's real and what's not at this point, right?
Well, if anybody would know the truth, you'd think it would be George Lucas — and in a new interview with Bloomberg Businessweek of all places, Lucas has just confirmed that all three stars will indeed be returning.
"We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison — or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation," Lucas said when asked whether Hamill, Ford and Fisher would be returning in "Star Wars: Episode VII." Lucas, you see, had been in talks with the trio to reprise their roles as far back as last summer, well before the deal with Disney. So once he sold the property to Disney, Lucas said "I called them to say, 'Look, this is what’s going on.'"
"Maybe I’m not supposed to say that," Lucas said. "I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them. I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not."
So there you have it, everyone: According to George Lucas, Hamill, Ford and Fisher may or may not have been signed, may or may not be currently signed and may or may not be signed at some point in the future.
Whatever. Seriously, Disney, just announce it officially already! The whole internet will thank you.