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Mark Hamill has confirmed that there have been talks between the stars of the original Star Wars films and Disney about them coming back for Episode VII.
Hamill recently spoke with Entertainment Tonight, revealing, “They're talking to us.”
The actor, who has since become known for voicing characters on animated TV shows, said that the idea of new films is “very, very exciting and so unexpected.” He adds that he has meat with the key figures involved in the new films, including Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and writer Michael Arndt.
“George [Lucas] wanted to know whether we'd be interested,” the 61-year-old explained. “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.”
Still, Hamill admitted that he’s not included in every major development. “I probably learn more from Entertainment Tonight than I do directly from Lucasfilm,” he joked, noting that Lucas didn’t even mention that the Disney deal was done when he first talked about a new trilogy.
The actor said that he hopes that the new films go back to the traditional pre-CGI filmmaking techniques that were used for the Original Trilogy.
“I hope they find the right balance of CGI with practical effects,” Hamill said. “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.’”
During the interview Hamill also gave a wild guess that the film will be about his offspring. That might be closer to the truth, though, if this week’s rumors are to be believed.
Recent rumors have suggested that Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford will all return for the film. But, as usual, nothing is confirmed until Disney says so. It’s good to know that Hamill is more than willing to come back, though.