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While there have been hints from Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher that they will return for Star Wars: Episode VII, nothing has been confirmed. However, George Lucas may have just it slip that they are right.
In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, which profiles Lucas, Disney CEO Bob Iger and the studio’s purchase of Lucasfilm, the creator of the Star Wars universe himself said that Fisher, Hamill and Harrison Ford will all be back. He adds that they are in the final stages of negotiations.
“We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison—or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation. So I called them to say, ‘Look, this is what’s going on,’” he said. “Maybe I’m not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them.”
He continues, “I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not.”
According to The Wrap, in the profile, Iger also discusses his dedication to expanding the franchise, including spin-offs written by Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back) and Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes). He also confirms that they are working on a TV series, something Lucas has talked about for years.
“I don’t want to overcommercialize or overhype this,” Iger noted. “It’s my job to prevent that.”
This interview comes after some confusing comments from Fisher, who appeared to also confirm that she’ll be back, but then her rep said she was joking.
Star Wars: Episode VII will be released in 2015 and directed by J.J. Abrams.