During 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.