Once a new trilogy of “Star Wars” movies were announced, the big question is who the main characters would be. Would a new “Star Wars” continue where the story left off in “Return of the Jedi?” Thanks to Mark Hamill’s new interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” that’s a little more clear.
“They’re talking to us,” the man who starred as Luke Skywalker says, “George [Lucas] wanted to know whether we were interested.” Hamill also confirms that, should he, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford decide against returning, they were reassured they would not be recast. “They would write us out,” Hamill reveals.
Hamill says no contracts have been signed yet, but Michael Arndt, the next film’s writer, and Kathleen Kennedy, the new head of Lucasfilm at Disney, want to meet with him regarding a possible return. Hamill admits he has no idea what the new trilogy will be about, however he has ideas. “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.”
He also hopes it’s a chance for the whole gang to get back together, saying, “Is Carrie and Harrison and Billy Dee [Williams] 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.”
At 61 years old, it’s possible Hamill’s time as an action lead has passed. He assumes, though again, he hasn’t spoken with the writers, that the movies will be based around the offspring of the original trilogy’s characters, with his Skywalker becoming sort of the new series’ “Obi-Wan Kenobi” figure.
His one fear is an overload of CGI in the film. “I hope they find the right balance of CGI with practical effects. I love props, I love models, miniatures, matte paintings,” he says, “Lighten up and go retro with the way it looks.”