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Yesterday, Carrie Fisher revealed in an interview that she would in fact be reprising her role as Princess Leia somewhere in the new 'Star Wars' universe. Though whispers and implications about the original cast's return had been cropping up since the announcement of Disney/Lucasfilm's proposed new movies in the franchise, nothing had been confirmed. So the question then became, what of Han and Luke? We knew they wanted to come back to, but where were their deals? Straight from the Bothan's mouth, we can now rest assured that Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill will also be back to reprise their iconic roles in J.J. Abrams' 'Star Wars: Episode VII.' George Lucas himself broke the news in a recent interview. Here's what he said...
"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.' 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 was relatively certain that the intergalactic band would be getting back together after Carrie Fisher announced her involvement. All three had previously made public their desire to return for the new film, and what sense would it make to sign one but not the other two? That being said, I will temper my fanboy excitement with the same plea that I made when it was just Fisher that was announced. These three should absolutely not be the primary focus of the new movie. Lucas himself has shown in the past that too much nodding and winking to the original trilogy is problematic; ironically the prequels suffered from too much fan service as well as new content that enraged fans. Abrams is not rebooting the original trilogy, he's continuing the story from its conclusion. He needs to develop new characters that further the universe, who are then aided when necessary by these familiar faces from franchise past. Still, as much as time has caught up with each of them, it is exciting to know I'll get to see Han, Luke, and Leia on the big screen again.
What do you guys think? Are you jazzed about the return of Ford, Hamill, and Fisher or are you concerned? How might they work into the plot of 'Episode VII?'
Source: Business Week