New "Star Wars" Trilogy to Feature Original Cast
March 8, 2013 12:45 PM
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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
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.
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hard to believe
3/10/2013 11:50:18 PM
... it's hard to believe the epic f*ck up the last three movies were. It's hard to believe the same genius behind the first three was behind the last three. They couldn't be more opposite.
It's as if his evil twin personality was hell bent on destroying the legacy by creating a new category of awfulness, with those three celluose turds standing alone in with the Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals. Then because it because the conceited "genius" couldn't be wrong, rebelling against the billions of fans, by doing anything but correct what the complain about.
I can only hope some obsessed fans are involved in this "remake" or "redo" or whatever it is, in their quest to correct the trajectory of this giant fecal missile. Bringing back the original cast does not give me great confidence however.
I can only hope the new director, story writer, etc, have some how tapped into the genius that George Puke-us left behind many years ago, in a Galaxy Far, Far, Away.
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