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Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher All Open To Returning For ‘Star Wars: Episode 7’
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The general consensus among Star Wars fans when talking about the recently announced Star Wars: Episode VII seems to be that the movie’s best chance for success would be to distance itself from the storylines and characters of the previous six movies, and start fresh. Still, considering that they were not able to appear in the prequel trilogy, there’s no denying that many of those same fans would likely be excited to see their favorite characters make an appearance.

And, according to one “highly placed” source, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher are all open to returning for the movie, should there be need for Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia, of course. “Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it, all three of them are,” the source said.

The problem with any of the actors returning, obviously, is their age: Ford is 70, Hamill is 61, and Fisher is 56. In order for them to return for the movie, it would have to be set around thirty years after the end of Episode VI (or whatever period of time is fitting to the rapidity of aging in that universe).

For those who don’t know, Ford’s Han Solo character was actually set to be killed off in Return of the Jedi, but George Lucas, always the business man, thought it would be bad for merchandising if one of the top selling action figure died. Whodathunk all these years later the still-living character would be a topic of discussion.

Personally I think it’s always cool to see where characters are in their lives when new installments in a movie franchise are made, and would be curious to catch up with these three favorites. That said, the parts would have to be very small; maybe have them spending their days at the old cantina, drinking and swapping old war stories?

If one or all three of these actors are brought back for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII, how do you want to see them used?

[Source: EW]


  1. ppl are crazy, star wars wasn’t about the universe, it was about the characters, the prequels had the world but not the characters, why does everyone want the classic characters out and star wars movies in name only?

    Comment by Nick Henderson — November 6, 2012 @ 11:00 pm

  2. The NJO era started 25 years after the end of Jedi. The movie characters were still plenty useful around then, even if their children took the brunt of the action. I’d love something in that vein, but while introducing children isn’t too tough…saying “surprise! Luke has a hot ex-assassin Jedi wife” would be a bit tough for people to accept so easily.

    I think it won’t be tough to have Luke/Leia/Han (and Lando!!) work fine in the new movie, just…well, you know my continuity frustrations.

    Comment by zebraheaded — November 7, 2012 @ 10:33 am

  3. If you don’t have Jedi Master Luke Skywalker in a similar role as Ben or
    Yoda before, then you ain’t doing no good Star Wars sequels!!
    …And if you have him alone (without Han, Leia, or even Chewie, R2D2, C3PO etc.), then good riddance!

    Comment by pal — November 7, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

  4. The best option is a hand-off to new characters, and if necessary let them die early on in the seventh film. I don’t like the idea of them dying, but I’ve read that it might be a stipulation for Harrison Ford to reprise his role…

    If so necessary…

    Luke and/or Leia could always briefly return as ‘spirits’ as the story might dictate, but Han must die in some heroic and conspicuous fashion, as that is just his style. We must see his death though, no screen-crawl would suffice.

    Comment by Royalkin — February 10, 2013 @ 1:24 am

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