Mark Hamill in Discussions for Role in New 'Star Wars' Films
The star of the original trilogy says series creator George Lucas promised that if he did not want to act in the new movies, his character would be killed off.
Looks like Luke Skywalker might be firing up the ol' lightsaber once again.
As details emerge about the upcoming Disney-backed relaunch of the Star Wars saga, information about the first new film remains scarce. It is being written by Oscar winner Michael Arndt, and directed by J.J. Abrams, but no plot lines have emerged. Now, indications are that it will include some role for the original stars of the first trilogy -- at least according to the top star himself.
"They're talking to us," Mark Hamill, who played the orphan-turned-Jedi hero, tells Entertainment Tonight. "George [Lucas] wanted to know whether we'd be interested. He did say that if we didn't want to do it, they wouldn't cast another actor in our parts; they would write us out. I can tell you right away that we haven't signed any contracts. We're in the stage where they want us to go in and meet with Michael Arndt, who is the writer, and Kathleen Kennedy, who is going to run Lucasfilm. Both have had meetings set that were postponed -- on their end, not mine. They're more busy than I am."
Hamill says he has no indication of what the films will be about but wants all of his surviving co-stars to be involved, from Carrie Fisher to Billy Dee Williams and Tony Daniels, who played the robot C-3PO. He also thinks his character will follow in the footsteps of his mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, played by the late Alec Guinness in the original trilogy.
"I'm assuming, because I haven't talked to the writers, that these movies would be about our offspring -- like my character would be sort of in the Obi-Wan range [as] an influential character. … When I found out [while making the original trilogy] that ultimate good news/bad news joke – the good news is there's a real attractive, hot girl in the universe; the bad news is she's your sister – I thought, 'Well, I'm going to wind up like Sir Alec. I'm going to be a lonely old hermit living out in some kind of desert igloo with a couple of robots.'"
Lucasfilm and Disney are planning a new trilogy of films, as well as spinoff movies that focus on individual characters. It was reported earlier this month that the studio was prepping films about Han Solo, the iconic space trafficker played by Harrison Ford, and bounty hunter Boba Fett. Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are working on two spinoff films.
Hamill most recently appeared the film Sushi Girl and has made a career of voice acting, most notably voicing The Joker in various Batman cartoons and video games.