Mark Hamill In Talks To Appear In 'Star Wars Episode VII'
Stars Wars Episode VII is in the works, and actor Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the original episodes, claims to be in talks for the next franchise installment.
Rumors have been circulating for months now that Disney owns LucasFilms. Although George Lucas has handed the reigns to his franchise over to Kathleen Kennedy, he’s still going to be involved in Star Wars projects going forward – including Episode VII. Lucas, according to Hamill, reached out to him and other actors from the original series, including Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford.
"He did say that if we didn't want to do it, they wouldn't cast another actor in our parts; they would write it out," Hamill told Entertainment Weekly. "[Scriptwriter Michael Arndt and Kennedy] have had meetings set that were postponed on their end, not mine," said Hamill. "They're more busy than I am."
Although Hamill has yet to have a meeting, that hasn’t kept the actor from sharing what he envisions for the newest Star Wars trilogy. "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," he said. He also predicts that since Princess Leia, one of the few women in the Star Wars universe, happens to be his sister, the newest episode will most likely see him as “a lonely old hermit living out in some kind of desert igloo with a couple of robots.”
Hamill didn’t stop his opining there. He also shared some thoughts on the general production of the Star Wars series and with the mastermind Lucas himself. ”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; in my opinion, anyway," Hamill said. "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 video game, and that's unfortunate," he said. "If they listen to me at all, it’ll be, 'Lighten up and go retro with the way it looks.'"
Whether Hamill’s predictions for the plot, or desire for less CGI will come true won’t be known for quite some time. A script will need to be completed for Star Wars Episode VII before there’s anything more than rumors, a source close to casting negotiations told EW. “It will not be for weeks and perhaps months,” the source said.