‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Is Going To Have A Lot of Old People In It

February 21st, 2013 // 29 Comments
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Last week, Latino Review reported that Harrison Ford is officially in talks to be in Star Wars: Episode VII which was initially dismissed as a rumor. Except yesterday Mark Hamill confirmed to Entertainment Tonight that the filmmakers have been reaching out to the original cast because Old Spock was in J.J. AbramsStar Trek so why not do that again? New ideas are hard:

“They’re talking to us,” he reveals. “George [Lucas] wanted to know whether we’d be interested. He did say that if we didn’t want to do it, they wouldn’t cast another actor in our parts – they would write us out. … I can tell you right away that we haven’t signed any contracts. We’re in the stage where they want us to go in and meet with Michael Arndt, who is the writer, and Kathleen Kennedy, who is going to run Lucasfilm. Both have had meetings set that were postponed — on their end, not mine. They’re more busy than I am.”

More importantly, Mark Hamill made it clear to George Lucas that he’s not repeating the prequel horseshit and wants to be in an honest-to-God movie that isn’t filmed in a giant green screen Thunderdome:

“I said to George that I wanted to go back to the way it was, in the sense that ours was much more carefree and lighthearted and humorous – in my opinion, anyway.”

Hamill concludes of the next movie, “I hope they find the right balance of CGI with practical effects. I love props, I love models, miniatures, matte paintings — I’m sort of old school. I think if you go too far in the direction of CGI it winds up looking like just a giant a video game, and that’s unfortunate. … If they listen to me at all, it’ll be, ‘Lighten up and go retro with the way it looks.’”

In related news, Disney announced that Old Luke Skywalker will now be played by a CGI duck by using the specific phrasing “humans are overrated” to end George Lucas’ two-day standoff in Cinderella’s castle. Although, authorities were certain his neck-maw would’ve eventually grown hungry forcing him to retreat.

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  1. EDDIE HITLER

    Don’t you get it? This Star Wars will be in a parallel universe (hence Walter Bishop as a villain).

    A parallel universe where the prequels didn’t happen and The Force was still a magical force and not Star Trek-esque nanite “midichlorians.” And C3P0 wasn’t built by Darth fucking Vader.

    And I’ll take “old people” over Hollydork’s usual host of 20-something idiots pandering to the teenage girl crowd.

  2. Dick Hell

    From Skywalker to Luke Walmart-greeter. Time is a bitch,

  3. Proof, C3PO is a pleasure drone. WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DRONE – a Public Enemy song.

  4. george lucas man-loved my manhood.

  5. Inner Retard

    This movie starts to sound like a clusterfuck. Spock/Nimoy worked because he wasn’t an action character and stayed relevant through the years. Anyone even remember who Mark Hamill is?! Ford proved in Indy 4 he’s too old for action and I can’t imagine Han Solo as the wise old sage. At least tell me they won’t shove Carrie Fisher’s bloated body in a metal bikini!

    • MIA CALRISSIAN: How are we going to get past Admiral Thrawn’s guards?
      OLD HAN SOLO: Leave that to me.
      MIA CALRISSIAN: Damn fool. I knew you were going to say that.
      OLD HAN SOLO: Who is the more foolish? The fool, or the fool who follows him?
      OLD LUKE SKYWALKER: Stop stealing Ben’s lines!
      OLD HAN SOLO: Stop calling him Ben! You were the only one who ever called him that!

  6. cc

    The sequel largely consists of old guys sitting around talking about the good old days and polishing their robots with Brasso.

  7. Deacon Jones

    I agree with his opinion that it just turns into a giant video game…..the Clone Wars was just a bunch of moronic robots getting blown away by a million and one lasers….I think I got a seizure during the final battle.

    Mark looks like someone tried throwing him into a microwave and cooking him like an egg.

  8. PumpkinBob

    It could work if they do it right.

    It could even make the prequels less stupid. Have him play the tired old man, all frail and wise, and make it clear that he is – in character – pretending to be Yoda.

    Have him be very zen, and have passed the stage where he feels the need to impress anyone, and just shuffles around in his robes with his walking stick.

    And then have one scene near the end of the third act where some upstart Force-user fucks with him, and he just sits there using the Force to make them dance like a marionette (literally) and keep falling over every two steps – just to fuck with ‘em – like some kind of Jedi Clint Eastwood.

  9. Mark Hamill is one of the best voice actors in history. He’s the best Joker.

  10. Athr

    harrison ford is the worst actor I’ve ever witnessed, and a total idiot to boot. Who the hell cares what he’s doing.

  11. The only one who could come back and play the same character without it looking ridiculous is Billy Dee Williams.

  12. WTF Mark: Was Fire-Island completely sold-out of SunScreen for 3 continuous decades?!!!
    …or did you WANT TO believe that it looked perfect on your face and Goood for your complexion?

  13. How’s Mark Hamill going to fit a movie like this into his busy schedule of…um…rotting in the sun?

  14. KC

    These are not the liver spots you are looking for.

  15. lawn

    Carrie Fisher had better get busy with her Thighmaster.

  16. guest

    Considering how messed up his face was after his accident, I’m not going to judge how he’s aged.

  17. Colin

    The best thing about casting Mark Hamill is, they could have the whole “face fucked up” storyline that Darth Vader and the Emperor had, and they wouldn’t even need makeup.

  18. alex

    Like Joss Whedon, JJ Abrams is all about storytelling and entertaining. He wont fuck this up. And if he chooses to bring back the old cast, he’s doing it because it will be relevant to the story. My guess is….

    Luke will be the head of the new Jedi council that he and Leia revived. Leia and Han have been married for 20 years and they have teenaged twins (of course a boy and a girl). Both kids have access to The Force but because Leia “never wanted this life for them” they are not enrolled in the Jedi academy. There will be the a new Sith lord very limited lightsaber fighting. This one is going to be about characters, not animated/CGI creatures or gimmicky Gungans. (Me’sa gonna be pissed if I is wrongsa.)

  19. This is awesome news for diehard Star Wars fans.

    Harrison Ford reprising Han Solo, Mark Hamill performing a more mature and wise Luke Skywalker, and Carrie Fisher playing Jaba the Hutt.

  20. Throb the Wonder Mule

    Sweet Jesus, PLEASE NO SLAVE COSTUME for Carrie ! ! !

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