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!