Since Disney and Lucasfilm first announced that there will be new Star Wars movies, it’s been assumed that the big three from the original trilogy will be back. We’re of course talking about Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), and though it hasn’t been officially confirmed, we’ve taken this as a forgone conclusion. What remains to be seen, however, is how big a part they will play. According to the latest Internet scuttlebutt, they could all have substantial roles, and may spend a fair amount of time filming on the London set.
Getting a straight answer out of Fisher about whether or not she’ll be in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII has been like trying to catch a greased weasel. She has indicated that she’ll be there a couple of times, and according to Australian comedian Jim Jefferies, she plans to be on set for almost half a year.
She’s a funny lady, man. She’ll be smoking cigarettes outside and as soon as she gets inside, she’s straight on to the vapor. She’s had some fucking hard partying in her life, I tell ya….She said to me, she goes ‘I’m going off to London for six months to film the new Star Wars movie,’ right? And I don’t think from looking at it, the new Star Wars movie is a direct continuation. It’s number 7 but it’s not going to be the next day, I’ll tell you that much. Maybe she had the same problem the Emperor had, I don’t know.
This could very easily be hyperbole, or just an offhand comment, but if Fisher, and presumably the other old-timers, are going to be there for six months, that indicates they will be around for more than just a quick cameo. When director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan took over the writing duties from Michael Arndt, many speculated that one of the things they did was beef up the roles or the original three instead of focusing on the next generation of intergalactic freedom fighters.
Like everything else we know about Episode VII, this is total hearsay, rumor, and voodoo. Aside from the release date of December 18, 2015, the thing we’re most certain of is that production will begin in May, but even that is far from concrete. Tons of names have been linked to the upcoming film, too many to bother listing, but until the cameras start rolling, nothing is definite. Hell, even then things could totally change.