With the recent confirmation that Harrison Ford will take up the blaster and reprise his role as the galaxy's most notorious smuggler, Mark Hamill speaks out on the possibility of taking up the lightsaber and returning to the big screen..
The future of the Star Wars franchise is becoming quite interesting, especially since Harrison Ford has reportedly signed up to reprise his role as Han Solo in Episode VII, and that the upcoming film will focus on the Solo and Skywalker children.
Mark Hamill, who played the iconic Force-wielding protagonist Luke Skywalker, has recently commented in an interview with Entertainment Tonight about the possibility of Luke and Leia (played by Carrie Fisher) returning to the big screen:
"They're talking to us," he said. "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."
Before the news of Disney's Lucasarts purchase, Lucas had reportedly talked to Carrie Fisher about coming back as Leia, however it's unclear how much the proposal has progressed since then.
Hamill denied knowing much about the script and Episode VII's story line, but he did speak out on what certain assumptions of his role–if he were to accept:
"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.'"
Mark Hamill also spoke out on his desire to see the full cast reunited in the new films, with familiar faces such as Billy Dee and Tony Daniels, rather than just a single returning actor–Harrison Ford as Han Solo.
"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."
Hamill, 61, further shares his love for the retro Star Wars films, and urges Disney to keep the authentic sci-fi magic that surrounded Episodes IV-VI by keeping the CGI at a minimum:
"I 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.'"
Mark Hamill has the truth of it, as millions of Star Wars fans worldwide have chastised the prequels for their over-use of CGI and off-hand humor (i.e. Jar Jar Binks), and the real-life Luke Skywalker wants to see something that captures the majesty of the old trilogy.
In any case, Hamill hasn't signed any contracts and hasn't yet said if he's returning to Episode VII or not–but it will be interesting to see if the old cast is re-united for one last galactic adventure.