While we still know next to nothing about the plot of the J J Abrams directed Star Wars movie, it does appear that Han, Luke and Leia will probably be returning.
Mark Hamill recently spoke about the new Star Wars films and said he is currently in talks with Disney Lucasfilms, but nothing has been signed as yet. He also mentioned that the film may focus on the next generation.
They’re talking to us. 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.
Hamill would also love for the original cast to return if possible. It looks as if Harrison Ford will be.
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.
While he has not seen a script it does sound like Hamill knows a little bit about what the films will be focusing on.
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.
One of the many problems with the prequel trilogy was the extensive use of CGI. The original trilogy used models and costumes to great effect. Hamill would love to see a return to that in the new films.
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….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
I honestly never thought I would get excited about Star Wars again, but I actually have a good feeling about this.
What do you think about seeing Han, Luke and Leia on the big screen once more?