Original cast have already signed up for Star Wars: Episode VII, says George Lucas


star wars logo ImageDuring an interview with Business Week Star Wars creator, George Lucas, revealed the news that the original trilogy’s principle cast have all signed up for Episode VII. There has been massive speculation over whether Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) would reprise their iconic roles in the next instalment, and now it seems that they will.

Here’s what Lucas had to say:

“We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison – or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation,” he said. “So I called them to say, ‘Look, this is what’s going on’. 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.”

Lucas did backtrack slightly after making this statement:

“I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not.”

This isn’t really surprising news and though it is fantastic that these actors are returning to the franchise that kick-started their careers, it wouldn’t be the be-all and end-all, if they didn’t reprise their roles.

This new trilogy is in danger of being overshadowed by the return of the original cast, which could dominate the narrative, and their roles within it. If the hype surrounding their return outweighs the new cast and story, fans will probably be left disappointed and we could have another Phantom Menace on our hands.

  • maddogtanan1

    I think this is great news i know fans are worried that this might be like indy4 with original cast coming back in there old roles, but we need to thenk positive doe anybody remember great movies with original cast coming back for example ROCKY 6 or RAMBO 4 or even star trek 2009 with lenerd nemoy those are great movies so theink positive fans.

    • anon

      Right, but Leonard Nemoy still looks the part, as does (arguably) Sylvester Stallone. All due respect -I love their work, particularly Hamill’s voice acting- Hamill and Carrie have not aged well. They do not look like two Jedi Masters. Some serious work needs to be done in the gym or with CGI if they are to look the parts. Ford on the other hand, couldn’t have aged better. I would’ve preferred a different actor/actress who is more in shape play Luke/Leia, but we’ll see how it turns out.