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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 Fritzr on 3/8/2013 11:16:10 PM , Rating: 0
Actually he is still special. A high Midiclorian count is unusual & considering all the other information about the force, it is hereditary.

To be "strong" in the force requires that the biological be strong. Faith is not must also have ability. Whether you call it "MIdiclorian" or "Spirit" is irrelevant ... if you do not have it, then you don't have it.

If someone who is strong is also trained to focus the energy of the force, then their "spirit" can be sufficiently coherent to survive the loss of the biological anchor ... hence dead Jedis who were strong in life can continue to advise after their biological form dies. This is not possible for those who did not focus on their Spirit form while they had the chance.

The trick having a rational explanation does not make it less "spiritual". It does allow easier crafting of a training regimen for those with a lesser "strength".

The confusion is that Jedi training uses psych tricks that are based on the success of those "mind games" and "spritual training". Faith is simply unequivocal belief. It is allowed to also be true in fact :)

RE: The pain is worse
By Reclaimer77 on 3/9/2013 8:21:25 AM , Rating: 3
Stop. Stop with this need to be an apologist and explain away the stupidity of adding Midichlorians to the Star Wars mythos. I simply will not entertain these thoughts.

To be "strong" in the force requires that the biological be strong. Faith is not must also have ability.

Siiigh, and this right here RUINS The Force and Jedi. This goes against everything we learned in the original movies. Physical ability? Strong biology?

"Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not."

Of course the prequels ruin Yoda as well by having him light saber fight and do combat with people stronger and physically superior to him, when he should be ABOVE those things entirely. But I digress.

"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov

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