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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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RE: The pain is worse
By BillyBatson on 3/8/2013 9:22:15 PM , Rating: 3
I may not agree with reclaimer much but on this subject very single thing he's written is 110% correct with no room for interpretation. George Lucas IS a hack. He didn't write most of episodes 4 and 5 but did 6 where he wrote in a bunch of ewoks saving the universe "ROFLMFAO". He hiked th series by altering the original movies when they made the DVD box set, when he himself wrote episodes 1-3, when he created jarjar binks, when he came up with metachlorians, etc etc ETC. The 2 best things Lucas has done for the series is pitch the original idea to studios and selling the series. May he burn in hell with all his money.
Preach on reclaimer77, you're completely right.


RE: The pain is worse
By JediJeb on 3/9/2013 5:41:47 PM , Rating: 2
There was a story out back when they released Ep6 that it was originally supposed to take place on Kashyyyk and there was an army of Wookies instead of Ewoks. Came down to the problem of logistics of making an army of Wookies versus making a tribe of Ewoks.


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