George Lucas on Star Wars: Episode VII casting
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill are all set to return to Star Wars, says none other than George Lucas...
There's a sense that the plans for Star Wars: Episode VII are coming together with some momentum at the moment, as director JJ Abrams gets set to start working on the movie once he's done with Star Trek Into Darkness.
Some more and more solid information has been coming through as well. Earlier this week, Carrie Fisher confirmed that she was back as Princess Leia in Star Wars: Episode VII, although there's been a bit of backtracking since. Furthermore, as we reported today, Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed that Lucasfilm is developing standalone Star Wars movies, as well as Episode VII.
Now? George Lucas has been chatting about the new films. The story appeared in Bloomberg Business Week (as reported at The Playlist), and the possible return to Star Wars of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill was brought up. Lucas' response? "We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison - or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation. So I called them to say, ‘Look, this is what’s going on'", referring to the eventual sale of Lucasfilm to Disney.
Lucas then added that “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.”
It looks increasingly like a matter of when rather than if Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill are confirmed to return. We'll keep you posted.