Mark Hamill talks Star Wars: Episode VII, VIII and IX

And reports suggest that the trilogy won't be based on existing material

Star Wars: Episode VII was announced yesterday as part of the Disney/Lucasfilm deal, and Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, has announced that George Lucas told him about the new trilogy last year.

Hamill spoke to EW after the news broke, confirming that Lucas had told him and Carrie Fisher that Kathleen Kennedy would be taking charge of EpisodesVII, VIII and IX.

“I had no idea that George was going to sell to Disney until I read it online like everybody else,” he explained.

“He did tell us last summer about wanting to go on and do [Episodes] VII, VIII, and IX, and that [newly appointed Lucasfilm president] Kathleen Kennedy would be doing them.”

Going into more detail on his meeting with Lucas, Hamill added, “Yeah, last August, he asked Carrie and I to have lunch with him and we did. I thought he was going to talk about either his retirement or the Star Wars TV series that I’ve heard about [that takes place between Episodes III and IV] or the 3-D releases.

“So when he said, 'We decided we’re going to do Episodes VII, VIII, and IX,' I was just gobsmacked. 'What? Are you nuts?!' [Laughs] I can see both sides of it.

“I’m anxious to know what’s going on, but the main story [yesterday] was the sale to Disney. I have mixed feelings about that, but they haven’t done badly by Marvel and the Muppets and Pixar. It’s one of those big decisions that at first seems unusual but then the more you look at it, the more it makes sense.”

Apparently Lucas didn’t give the actor any idea about the plot, and didn’t confirm if Hamill would be asked to reprise his role as Luke Skywalker: “He was just talking about writers and the fact that he wouldn’t be directing. I guess he wanted us to know before everybody else knew. He said, 'Now you can’t tell anybody!' [Laughs] Even now I’m nervous about saying anything. I just don’t know!”

It’s impossible to gauge where the story will go at this stage, with a Lucasfilm source telling E! that the new trilogy will not be based on any existing material - so don’t go looking at those spin-off novels for plot spoilers.

We'd like to think Hamill and Fisher will be involved in the new trilogy though, even if it’s only in a torch-passing cameo capacity.

What familiar faces are you hoping to see in Episode 7? Tell us!


    • NickyC

      Nov 1st 2012, 13:48

      I'd love to see Hamill, Fisher and Ford in the next episode. And Billy Dee Williams! But the story should be based around new characters. Han and Leia's kids seems appropriate but maybe a little obvious. What I'm really interested in is what happens to the galaxy after the Empire comes down. I think the key to getting it right will be the context i.e. the political structures that are built after empirialism collapses. I think the rights of the individual will be observed and inalienable rights will play a large part. Systems governing themselves but all observing a few basic laws. That said ... I think there was too much political dialogue in episodes 1-3. That's why I say it should all be in the context. A new political structure for our heroes to run around in, but not a political plot. Star Wars is best when someone's being chased.

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    • SiMan

      Nov 1st 2012, 14:14

      With regards to the 3-D conversions Lucas was doing, what's going to be happening with them now? Weren't they intending to release one each year? Wouldn't that mean there would stil be some to shown in the same year that episiode 7 is due? Surely they'd want to get them all done and out of the way prior to this?

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    • Scurf

      Nov 1st 2012, 16:21

      Fox still own the rights to the original films which pretty much means the 3D conversions are a dead cert as they'll be milking them dry for as long as they can. I'd wager that a disc release of the original edits will be on the way before too long as well.

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    • SiMan

      Nov 1st 2012, 19:05

      Good point about the disc releases - i never thought of that. I purposefully didn't get the recent Blu-Ray boxset because it only had the remastered (although how i use the term 'mastered' in the loosest possible sense) - but i'd already given away my DVD set. Hope Disney release the original intainted versions on Blu-Ray soon.

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    • Ali1748

      Nov 1st 2012, 20:20

      Hopefully Hamill get's to appear as Luke again, I'd be curious to see him as head of the Jedi Council.

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    • hawleygriffin

      Nov 5th 2012, 12:38

      Kinda hoping that Max Rebo survived Jabbas Barge , looking forward to a buena vista social club style band reunion scene

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