Clearly acting as part of Lucasfilm’s campaign of misinformation, Mark Hamill has come forward to deny that he, Carrie Fisher, or Harrison Ford are officially committed to reprise their roles in the next Star Wars film, despite unofficial, unsourced reports from various websites suggesting the contrary. “I can tell you right away that we haven’t signed any contracts,” Hamill recently told Entertainment Tonight, suggesting he obviously doesn’t read the Internet, or else the contract he totally did sign requires he outright lie in order to maintain a shroud of secrecy over deals everyone already assumed would be made eventually, ever since the project was first announced. A competitive, excitable Internet full of sites eager to be the one to get the “scoop,” or Mark Hamill is a liar—it’s definitely one of those.
Anyway, assuming the Internet is reliable, Mark Hamill continued his act of obfuscation by pretending as though he, Fisher, and Ford are still just in the “taking meetings” stage with writer Michael Arndt and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy—meetings he says have actually been postponed, meaning he can only offer assumptions about what they might want for Luke Skywalker et al. “I'm assuming, because I haven't talked to the writers, that these movies would be about our offspring—like my character would be sort of in the Obi-Wan range [as] an influential character,” Hamill said.
“When I found out 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,'” Hamill said. Of course, Luke ostensibly shouldn’t have to become a hermit, given that he won and therefore shouldn’t be hiding from anyone. And hey, there’s always Mon Mothma. So maybe she’s not as hot as your sister; she should at least be considered an alternative to shacking up with robots.
But whether the film sees Luke choosing unnecessarily self-imposed exile or grudgingly settling for the only other woman in the galaxy, Hamill does have some things he sees as obligatory for this next Episode. “Another thing I’d want to make sure of is are we going to have the whole gang back? Is Carrie and Harrison and Billy Dee [Williams] and Tony Daniels, everybody that’s around from the original? I want to make sure that everybody’s on board here, rather than just one,” Hamill said. He’d also like to see a return to what he calls a “much more carefree and lighthearted and humorous” tone that, unfortunately, leaves little room for the parliamentary procedure and trade regulation discussion Star Wars fans have come to crave.
Also going against everything the series has stood for over the past 15 years, Hamill says he’d like to see a reprise of the more “old school” use of models and miniatures, rather than the Lucas-championed CGI that finally, properly captured how space is a flat, lifeless place where creatures never quite make eye contact with each other. “If they listen to me at all, it'll be, 'Lighten up and go retro with the way it looks,'" Hamill concludes—though really, who can listen to Mark Hamill at all, until he just comes out and admits that he, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford have probably already made this movie.
[via Coming Soon]
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