This one might take Derren Brown, Eddie Fitzgerald or Hannibal Lecter to really perfectly read between the lines but Mark Hamill has been speaking about his meeting with George Lucas, this summer, in which the bearded one revealed his new Star Wars plans.
The meeting, it seems, was between Lucas, Hamill and Carrie Fisher. The question, perhaps, is why.
He asked Carrie and I to have lunch with him and we did. I thought he was going to talk about either his retirement or the Star Wars TV series that I’ve heard about – which I don’t think we were going to be involved in anyway, because that takes place between the prequels and the ones we were in and, if Luke were in them, he’d be anywhere from a toddler to a teenager so they’d get an age-appropriate actor—or the 3-D releases. So when he said, “We decided we’re going to do Episodes VII, VIII, and IX,” I was just gobsmacked. “What? Are you nuts?!”
I can see both sides of it. Because 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.
I’ll make a bet with you now. Lucas wants Hamill and Fisher to come back. That doesn’t mean they will, but I’m convinced that he wants them too. The bits I’ve bolded in the quote above underline why I’m so convinced.
That’s right, I’m the new Hannibal Lect… Eddie Fitzg… Derren Brown.
There’s a bit more from Hamill at Entertainment Weekly, but it essentially amounts to “I didn’t know Disney were part of it, I can’t say anything more until we know more. Congratulations George!”
Lots more details on episodes 7, 8 and 9 in my recent round-up of what we’ve learned so far.