Mark Hamill in talks to return as Luke Skywalker in 'Star Wars VII'
Mark Hamill has told Entertainment Tonight that makers of the new Star Wars VII movie want him to return as Luke Skywalker, a role he hasn't played in 30 years. Well, the force has always been strong with the Skywalker family, but he is not a Jedi yet. Oh, he is? Nevermind then.
"They're talking to us," Hamill, 61, says. "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."
Aw, Luke. Still humble after all these years. So tell us this, young Skywalker: If they don't sign you, will someone else assume the role? "[George Lucas] 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."
Wow. It's nice to be loved. Though I guess the hate that was flowing through us after seeing the subpar acting in the three prequels didn't hurt Hamill's case. Harrison Ford, likewise, is rumored to be ready to sign on the dotted line to reprise Han Solo.
Hamill says regardless of his participation, he's excited but cautious of the idea of a new installment in the sci-fi franchise.
"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."