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Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher are back

For those of you who shuddered at the thought of Disney buying Lucasfilm Ltd. and releasing a new (potentially terrible) trilogy in a couple of years, here's a bit of news that may ease the pain: the original Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo may be back.

George Lucas, the creator of the "Star Wars" trilogies, slipped in a Bloomberg BusinessWeek interview that Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford (the original Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo in Episodes IV-VI) will resume their roles in the upcoming trilogy made by Disney.

"We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison -- or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation," said Lucas. "So I called them to say, 'Look, this is what's going on.'"

Lucas stopped a moment in the interview, realizing he probably wasn't supposed to unveil that detail quiet yet.

“Maybe I’m not supposed to say that," continued Lucas. "I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them.

"I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not.”

Nice save, Lucas.

The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm Ltd. (Lucas' film production company) for $4.05 billion USD in late October 2012.

Along with that acquisition came news of a new trilogy, which would be Episodes VII, VIII, and IX. The new trilogy will follow Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo once again beyond "Return of the Jedi," which was Episode VI in the original trilogy.

Episode VII is set to release in 2015.

Another cool factoid about the upcoming Episode VII? It will be directed by J.J. Abrams.

Die-hard "Star Wars" fans accused Lucas of losing his mind over the last decade or so when he created the second trilogy (Episodes I-III) with ridiculous characters like Jar Jar Binks. He also made huge changes to the Blu-ray release of "Star Wars," where Lucas only wanted to keep 25-30 percent of the original theatrical content. The nine-disc set contained new “content” like Darth Vader screaming "Nooo!" in the final battle scene of Episode VI.

Of course, we can't forget a very crucial mistake Lucas made in changing Episode IV: A New Hope -- Han shot first.

Source: Businessweek

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By tayb on 3/8/2013 2:47:00 PM , Rating: 2
These guys are aged perfectly, literally the exact number of years, for the post 'Return of the Jedi' material. Luke is the Yoda of the new Jedi Order and does NOT play any more of a prominent role than Yoda ever did. I have no idea what Han and Leia are up to but they won't have anything but secondary roles.

I'm excited about this. It will be a perfect opportunity to connect the trilogies together. The immediate after-math of the 'Return of the Jedi' doesn't bode well for good story telling. This means they are actually picking up on the fiction that has been written and starting something completely fresh. This is good news.

By Reclaimer77 on 3/8/2013 6:53:38 PM , Rating: 2
These guys are aged perfectly

Right, sure they are...

By geddarkstorm on 3/8/2013 8:37:56 PM , Rating: 2
It's called the magic of Hollywood. They'll make her look stunning without any trouble -- enough prosthetics and she can look just like she always did.

By Reclaimer77 on 3/9/2013 8:24:37 AM , Rating: 2
lol dude there's not enough makeup and effects on the planet to bring her face and body back from the "dark side".

By ianweck on 3/11/2013 8:00:04 PM , Rating: 2
Looks like the Emperor with...whatever hair color that is.

By Reclaimer77 on 3/11/2013 8:10:16 PM , Rating: 2
Hey maybe they could go with that! Leia turns evil and has her Force Lighting attack blocked by Luke at close range, which then melts and deforms her face. Just like what (stupidly) happened to Palpatine!!

Star Wars 7: The Facelift Wars

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