George Lucas confirms negotiations for Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford for Star Wars: Episode VII

Lets the cat out of the bag

George Lucas has provided the closest thing to official confirmation of Star Wars: Episode VII's first casting news, by revealing that Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill are all in the final stages of negotiation a return.

All three had been reported to be in discussions over the last few months, and now those same reports are coming straight from the horse's mouth.

"We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison," says Lucas. "Or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation. 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. I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not.”

Hmm, sounds like you already might have... Directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: Episode VII will open in UK cinemas in 2015.

Are you pleased that the original trio are set to return? Tell us, below!


    • BobTheSkull

      Mar 8th 2013, 9:08

      This is good news. And, in a way, bad too. I'm all for the old cast being back. Keeps continuity strong, pleases the fanboys, and just makes sense to be honest. But.... its been a long time, and lets face it, they are not looking their best anymore. I know that should't make any difference, but seeing those iconic characters that were charging about the galaxy at full pelt, now creaking and complaining about old age and pretty much incapable of what came before.... might end up backfiring....

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    • swaggyboyracoon

      Mar 8th 2013, 9:18

      although i m not a star wars fan i m compulsed to answer to your comment i agree with everything you said with the exception of harrison ford he looks exactly what someone would hope a hero must look like old macho, confident, imposing just .. well old :p time (or career opportunities) havent been this kind to the other two especially mark hamilton who was the main star back then before indiana jones and the prince charming has turned into a frog tall and macho men generally age better than delicate cute short men-children plus the scars of his accident are still there on his face and looking more grotesque with each passing year i dont think its absolutely random that he s identified to the joker even as a voice actor..

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    • Hadouken76

      Mar 8th 2013, 9:24

      Hopefully Lawrence Kasdan will come back as writer and make everything great again.

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    • mattburgess

      Mar 8th 2013, 9:37

      swaggyboyrac**n - your comments are absolutely disgusting.

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    • 2Dglasses

      Mar 8th 2013, 9:52

      Without sounding pessimistic, he hasnt really confirmed that the characters are actually appearing AT ALL...he could just have got their permission to use the names or something-he's not being overly specific. The interview with carrie fisher was tongue in cheek, she said she'd appear but then said she'd be in the bikini again. I doubt all 3 are up for major roles and it wouldnt make sense anyway. i expect to see them at the start of the film and then again at the end.

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    • BobTheSkull

      Mar 8th 2013, 11:47

      Obviously they wouldn't be major roles. It makes more sense for them to be playing the 'passing the torch' part, so I wasn't expecting them to be in it much Yoda wasn't in the prequels all that much, and I'm expecting Luke to be taking on that role. Agreed that Ford has fared better through the years, but he looks like his 'determined' or 'stubborn' Han glare would come off more tired and haggard these days. Either way, I'm curious to see how this goes.

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    • BobbyTwoTimes

      Mar 8th 2013, 12:18

      Keep your poisonous little hands off Lucas - you've had your chance and you f**ked it right up! Ford, Fisher and Hamill should only be in these films as smaller, older bit-parts - much like Cushing and Guiness in the originals. All the main parts should go to younger, unknown actors so they can completely make these roles their own - exactly like the three above did in the original trilogy.

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    • SiMan

      Mar 8th 2013, 14:21

      Major problem is that there obviously wasn't a need to tell a further story. If there was, Lucas would have got them made years ago. The prequels, no matter how terrible they were, at least had a point to them. If Hamill, Ford or Fisher decided not to be in it, it probably wouldn't matter and Lucas (or whoever) would write a story without them. They're just going to milk this for all its worth. If the new trilogy is a box-office smash, what's to say they won't make 3 more after that?

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    • Ali1748

      Mar 8th 2013, 21:15

      Star Wars Episode VIII: Return of the OAP's.

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    • nickpopa

      Jun 4th 2013, 16:00

      Since I was a little boy, Star Wars (A new hope) became my favorite movie and the followed episodes after that kept attention of my entire family. I`ll wait without breath the next Episode especially with the three great, great artists that played in IV-V and VI Episodes. GEORGE LUCAS - YOU ARE THE BEST.

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