Mark Hamill on Star Wars: Episode VII

News Glen Chapman 21 Feb 2013 - 06:59

The man who played Luke Skywalker offers one or two thoughts on JJ Abrams' upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII...

With Harrison Ford rumoured to be attached to Star Wars: Episode VII, attention continues to turn to which other cast members from the series will appear also. In a recent interview Mark Hamill has been talking about the possibility of him appearing in the new Star Wars movie, and what role Luke Skywalker would potentially play:

“I'm assuming – because I haven't talked to the writers – that these movies would be about our offspring, like my character would sort of be in the Obi-Wan range as an influential character. When I found out [while making the original trilogy] that ultimate good news/bad news joke - the good news is there's a real attractive, hot girl in the universe; the bad news is she's your sister - I thought, 'Well, I'm going to wind up like Sir Alec (Guinness). I'm going to be a lonely old hermit living out in some kind of desert igloo with a couple of robots.”

He went on to add that “I said to George that I wanted to go back to the way it was, in the sense that ours was a much more carefree and lighthearted and humorous, in my opinion anyway … hope they find the right balance of CGI and 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 video game, and that's unfortunate. If they listen to me at all, I'll be; “Lighten up and go retro with the way it looks.”

Hamill added that he'd been keen to see as many of the old cast back as possible. We wait and see whether he will get his wish. We'll keep you posted as we hear anything more substantive about Star Wars: Episode VII...

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I think he's completely got it right. I hope they do just what he suggests.

Totally agree! Lighthearted and humorous, more props and gadgets, not overwhelm it with CGI like in episode I-III

Yup, less CGI, more retro and please please please don't try and cram the word "democracy" in every other sentence, I got it the first 20 times. I don't mind CGI space battles but you can't replace a set with CGI and the over use of CGI characters in episode 2 was just pathetic. I am talking about how every single clone trooper was CGI regardless of how many (even if there was only one) were on screen.
Retro FTW

Big sets, real stunts, real locations, CG effects but made to look like photo-realistic models, matte paintings, animatronic and prosthetic aliens, and a run time no longer than 130 minutes at absolute most... I may remain skeptical about this new trilogy, but if it pans out like I described above, things will start looking a lot rosier.

Alec Guiness lives in a desert igloo with a couple of robots?

YES!! The Joker finally gets force powers and uses them to wtfpwn Batman!

Yeah, he did at the beginning of Star Wars, (Episode 4,) for you younger kids.

This is terrible, here's why. JJ has lots of work to do to make this movie a good one and if he must squeeze in all these old characters into this movie it will be a mess. My guess is that it won't happen. Perhaps Luke but the rest are out of luck. Disney didn't hire JJ to micromanage him and tell him what to do, they could have done that with a lesser director. I hope that the whole gang doesn't come back, I don't want to see an old Han Solo, he was a badass smuggler and now he will be a grandpa. Just think of it this way, like your grandparents who were in the war, kicking ass and taking names, look at them now, can't function on a daily basis without help using the bathroom. Who wants to see them in a movie? Nobody. Oh, I loved my Grandparents by the way.

Ah right - I could have sworn that was Obi Wan Kenobi :)

Or perhaps just in Star Wars (no episode number) for you apparently still too young kids.

So happy to see he's onboard with new movies and looking so optimistically at them, glad that his feelings for the trilogy haven't changed. I would have loved to have been at the good/bad news meeting between Mark and George....

pretty certain that Harrison Ford doesn't need help with going to the bathroom, Carrie Fisher probably does though

I totally agree about the CGI.

There is a certain sense of believablilty lost when you replace the puppets with too much CGI BS.

I agree, but what you said about "believability" and puppets made me laugh.


SW was more about the spirituality, and big ships. I adore the franchise (at least IV-VI) and think JJ Abrams would do wonders for it.

Or "suspending disbelief".

CGI has the ability to be more powerful, if actor and animator both sell the scene... the actor has to do much work, but with lighting, fine detail, and other issues, the animator's job is far bigger... especially as it's always the actor that gets all the accolades...

Far out all you people keep going on about CGI!!!! Seriously have a closer look at why that is, also every clone that was on there was CGI as casting actual extras would of cost a bloody fortune!. I now see why Lucas filmed the saga the way he did as any one would know that the technology at that time didn't exist! I'm a fan of the Star Wars movies ( I'm not a over the top fan but a fan non the less ). Take a chill pill people and just enjoy a great saga getting another chance on the big screen. I'm sure with j.j. Abrams involved its bound to go in the right direction. I for one can't wait to see where they take this exciting saga and what they can do with it.

If cant work it out on why he used the CGI like he did its cause it represents how things were before eps 4 - 6 and during ep 3 and when the empire shut every thing down like the droids etc sets the stage for eps 4 - 6. That's how I seen it anyway ( kind of when every one was freaking out the computers shutting down as soon as the year 2000 ticked over ) sort of the same thing in a way with Star Wars when the empire shut what they wanted down to set them up for their dominance so to speak over the galaxy. That's how I seen it anyway......... Of corse every one will have a different opinion but that's what makes sense to me

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