Saturday, March 9, 2013

Who Will Make a Comeback in "Star Wars: Episode VII"?

Image via IFC.

Most recently, there was a rumour that Harrison Ford signed on Star Wars: Episode VII and a confirmation for Carrie Fisher. It's time to follow up on this news.
Lucas and Kennedy hired screenwriter Michael Arndt, who won an Oscar for Little Miss Sunshine, to begin work on the script for Episode VII. They enlisted Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote the screenplays for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, to act as a consultant. Lucas started talking to members of the original Star Wars cast, such as Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford, about appearing in the films. In June 2012, he called Iger. [via Bloomberg]
Asked whether members of the original Star Wars cast will appear in Episode VII and if he called them before the deal closed to keep them informed, Lucas says, “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 pauses. “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.” Then he adds: “I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not.” [via Bloomberg]
 It looks like Lucas dropped more details than he should have when he mentioned the Hamill-Fisher-Ford negotiations. He then smartly tried to cover up his mess by adding "I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not." This sounds very much like a done deal, if you ask me. It's just a matter of time now, before they announce the news with a "big whoop-de-do".