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Mark Hamill’s Reaction To The Disney Deal And The Future Of Star Wars

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Yesterday’s surprise announcement that the Walt Disney Corporation was acquiring LucasFilm was enough to render a Tauntaun lifeless. But then, moments later, when Disney CEO Bob Iger and the newly appointed president of LucasFilm, Kathleen Kennedy, announced there would be a new Star Wars film in 2015, fan boys and girls across the Internet lost their collective minds. When Mark Hamill, Luke Skywalker himself, gave his thoughts on the acquisition, you could tell from his response that there might possibly be a role for him in the new Star Wars film.

In an interview with EW.com, Hamill talks about his general surprise about the Disney/LucasFilm news and the promise of more Star Wars movies. Here’s what he had to say:

In a way, there was a beginning, a middle, and an end and we all lived happily ever after and that’s the way it should be—and it’s great that people have fond memories, if they do have fond memories. But on the other hand, there’s this ravenous desire on the part of the true believers to have more and more and more material. It’s one of those things: people either just don’t care for it or are passionate about it.

Hamill is a good sport about the news. There’s a sense of class about his reaction to the acquisition, and he even cites Disney’s relationship and stewardship of Marvel, the Muppets, and Pixar. It does seem like Star Wars and LucasFilm will be in good hands with Disney.

I’m anxious to know what’s going on, but the main story [yesterday] was the sale to Disney. I have mixed feelings about that, but they haven’t done badly by Marvel and the Muppets and Pixar. It’s one of those big decisions that at first seems unusual but then the more you look at it, the more it makes sense.

Hamill’s reaction seems genuine and sincere but there’s something in his words that doesn’t quite fit. Hamill mentioned that George Lucas asked him and Carrie Fisher out for lunch to tell them the news. Why would Lucas disclose this information to both of them at the same time if there weren’t going to be something for them to do in the next film? Maybe it’s just coincidence, but it seems like if Episode VII is going to be a continuation or end of the series, wouldn’t you want Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia in the next sequels?

Let the Episode VII rumors fly!


Comments

  • http://pandoranage.com/ Dante D’Anthony

    Hamill, Fisher, Ford-any number of the original casts from the first three films-would certainly be great in scripts continuing their lifelines in the Saga. Why not? Certainly they were all wonderful, birthed an iconic franchise, and would bring authenticity to their roles and the next films.

  • baby fart mcgeeziaks

    I would hope Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie and even Lando return. They don’t necessarily have to be the main characters- perhaps taking more of roles similar to those of Obi-Wan, Yoda and Admiral Ackbar in the original trilogy or Mace Windu and Bail Organa in the prequels- but it wouldn’t be the same without them. I imagine Luke in a Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan/Yoda type role (I just hope he doesn’t die in Episode VII!) and the others in smaller roles spread throughout the trilogy. I do imagine Leia will be a jedi and I’m imagining that if anything is taken from the expanded universe it will be her and Han having force sensitive children. Yeah… I figure we’ll have Luke being the wise old master as the Galaxy seems to be coming to peace under the New Republic only to have a new threat arise and his students (including Solo children) are the main characters

  • StephensCat

    OF COURSE WE WANT LUKE AND LEIA IN THOSE SEQUELS!!!!! (lol, don’t mind the yelling, just excited) Han and Chewie too please.

    So now we see Luke go dark side and Anakin Solo rise, right?

    • http://www.facebook.com/igniterider Ian Neo Lincoln

      Oh god not teen centric film like the live action thunderbirds.

  • InvertXnY

    @f6f83e68d139b7a369d2266c42038bab:disqus I’d be more comfortable with the grand children as the main protagonists for the next one given everyone’s age in real life. I see the council as Luke and Leia (who now exhibits a knowledge of the force) advised by the apparitions of their predecessors. Han and Lando deeply involved in politics or at the very least in charge of business empires which give them comparable power galaxy wide. And the adventure forming from the exploits of the grandchildren now around their, lets say late teens? The disconnection of the parents who have enjoyed a time of peace would make for a emotional conflict of interests between the generations. While time would have passed enough for an evil to have established itself as a viable threat to galactic peace.
    What evil?
    Well that is the easiest of all I guess as surely Palpatine would have been knowledgeable enough about the force to ensure his own ghostly return. His voice in the mind of a vulnerable force user could over time see the dark side rise again.
    It’s fun speculating. I just hope it’s done with some degree of care so continuity is observed and stories are not simply rehashed.
    But then I’m quite sure I’m not the only one who wants that to be the case.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sanokumo J.j. Koosh

    Perhaps he told them because of the whole “owning their likeness” thing. does that transfer over to Disney with the purchase I wonder?

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.shepard.96 Robert Shepard

    Harrison Ford hates star wars, he will; NOT return.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TheJackBayliss ‘aabaa Jack Bayliss

      He hates it because he was the only one who took a lump sum while the rest took percentages. LOL

  • DarthNash6

    They need to follow the story line that all the books have already laid out. As long as they do that, I’m fine. That means that Leia has twins, Luke marries Mara Jade, Thrawn comes to power, the Yuuzhan Vong try to take over the galaxy, Han and Leia’s oldest son, Jacen, becomes Darth Caedus, etc, etc.

  • Razgriz

    I doubt the Yuuzhan Vong will ever be in any of the movies, since there not at all for kids and Disney will of course make sure its kid friendly. And a self mutilation obsessed alien race that destroys half the galaxy does not sound kid friendly lolll

  • http://www.facebook.com/JaimeWulf Dale Allen Platt

    Why does there have to be another film?
    Disney saw the potential to make money off a Property without having to do any more than buy it and market it… Years after they stopped being made they still make money…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1262303142 Larry Mitchell

    I guess there will be no “Jews In Space.” Disney was an avowed anti-semite, and now all Star Wars dollars will go to support (financially) such a world view.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TheJackBayliss ‘aabaa Jack Bayliss

    Grades for Disney for Brands they bought:
    Marvel A+
    Muppets D
    Pixar D

  • http://www.facebook.com/twopoundradio Jess Hurley

    I don’t have a problem with any of them returning. People can talk about their ages all they want, but no one ripped Obi Wan when he showed up on screen. There is certainly room for older wiser and even bad-ass Luke’s and Leia’s these days. Even back up roles and coming in as mentors would be a great move.