‘Star Wars: Episode VII’, Mark Hamill talks going “retro”, bringing the old cast back and his thoughts on where the story could go




Last week there was talk of Harrison Ford close to making a deal to return for Star Wars: Episode VII, and earlier this week there were rumours of where the new films plot may focus. While Disney have not actually released any confirmation apart from the fact JJ Abrams is directing (result!!), Michael Arndt is writing (another result!) and Kathleen Kennedy is producing (three results!!), rumours continue to fly around, and speculation is continuing every day, and will go on like this until the film is released. What makes matters even more dangerous is the fact that Abrams is known for his secrecy (just look at how well hidden the villain is in Star Trek Into Darkness), so it is doubtful we will get any confirmation as to exactly what Star Wars: Episode VII is about any time soon.

However, the rumours continue, and fans enjoy talking about it, and so let’s first tell you about a rumour revealed earlier this week. Showbiz411 have stated that Star Wars: Episode VII will focus on the children of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia. The reason for this is that should Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher reprise their roles, they will obviously be a lot older, and Episode VII will not be able to take place directly after Return of the Jedi as fans originally thought. Supposedly R2D2 and C-3PO will also return and, naturally, will be unchanged.

While I find this rumour a little difficult to believe, Mark Hamill recently sat down with Entertainment Tonight and revealed plenty of information on what has been happening his end. He also talks of where he thinks the film should go in terms of plot, and Hamill also believes in the offspring tale:

“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” said Hamill.

Hamill also said that while there are no contracts signed, or any deals in place whatsoever about himself, Ford and Fisher returning, he did say that “they’re talking to us” so there is definitely interest in getting the three main characters back:

“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 also said how if it were up to him, he would have all the main characters back, including Billy Dee (Lando Calrissian) and Tony Daniels (C-3PO):

“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.”

Finally, Hamill spoke of how he would like to see the new Star Wars films look. Interestingly (considering today’s CGI hungry audience and just what Abrams can bring to the new film), Hamill would rather a return to more old school practical effects, and would even prefer a more “retro” feel to 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.'”

Allow further speculation, rumours and constant barrages of news to continue for a long, long time!

(Sources: Showbiz411, Entertainment Tonight)

About Matt Wavish 9999 Articles
A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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