Of course, with a bunch of new “Star Wars” movies on their way (not just the three new films in an all-new trilogy starting with “Episode 7”, but even more “Star Wars” goodness in terms of stand-alone movies), there’s a very good chance Mark Hamill will be dusting off that robe (or is it the black outfit?) to play Luke Skywalker again.
With Harrison Ford already in talks to return as an older Han Solo, what about Hamill? According to the actor, currently out promoting his gangster flick “Sushi Girl”, he’s talking to Lucasfilm, too, and it’s looking very likely that he, along with Ford and Carrie Fisher, will be returning along with the new “Star Wars” movies.
Hamill tells ET Online:
It’s all very, very exciting and so unexpected. I think that’s the quality I like about it most – it’s like getting a pair of pants out of the closet you haven’t worn in three years and finding a $20 bill in the pocket. It’s just so unexpected… 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.
I’m sure the deals that need to get made will get done, and we’ll see Luke, Leia, and Han Solo back in action on the big screen wielding lightsabers and blasters again. At this point, with all three actors still around and more than capable (and willing) to slip back into their old roles, it would be thinkable not to bring them back.
So what is Hamill hoping to see in the new movies? He has some thoughts:
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.’
Hah. That’s a good one.
Hamill also gives his thoughts on a lot of things, including the standalone movies, so head over to ET Online to read the rest of it.
Meanwhile, here’s a look at Hamill’s “Sushi Gir”, currently available on DVD/Blu-ray: