As the Star Wars rumors come flooding in, a lot of fans wonder what an entry in the series would be like without a Skywalker present. In hopes to bringing the franchise back to its roots, we may not have to wonder much longer.
It’s still up in the air what the story in Star Wars: Episode VII will be about or which characters it will even focus on. Will it borrow at all from the novels or be its own thing with whole new characters? If the latest words from Mark Hamill are any indication, we may see Luke back in action in a role very reminiscent to Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original trilogy.
Mark Hamill spoke with ETOnline.com in regards to potentially appearing in the new trilogy. He starts off by saying, “They’re talking to us.” This would be in reference to himself as well as fellow Star Wars co-stars Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.
“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.”
Thankfully, Lucas has the good sense not to recast these characters. It would only make sense considering the look of Luke, Han, and Leia are so iconic and connected to their respective actors.
Although Hamill claims to know nothing about the working script, he gives his own two cents on what he’d like to see.
“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.”
In other words, let’s try and recreate the magic from the original trilogy and step away from long political scenes and Jar Jar Binks (ugh). It’s good to hear Mark speak rather openly about it and much nicer than I would have.
He continues with what kind of role Luke could be playing in the new movies.
“I’m assuming, because I haven’t talked to the writers, that these movies would be about our offspring and 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 with the good news is there’s a real attractive, hot girl in the universe and 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.’”
That doesn’t sound so bad! Well… the lonely old hermit thing sucks for Luke but the direction of the story is something I could get behind. It makes sense bring aboard younger actors to drive the story but having Mark and the gang there to “pass the torch” sort to speak would do well for the old school fans. It can then follow along a similar type of story arc in which everyone can appreciate.
Mark gives one more interesting note on his opinion of using CGI over props.
“I 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 video game, and that’s unfortunate.”
Hey, Lucasfilm! Listen to this man! He knows how this should be done! Hell, I’m ready to write “Hamill” on the director’s chair right now at this point.
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