Though nothing has been set in stone, fans of the original Star Wars trilogy might just now have even more reason to be excited about the new batch of films from J.J. Abrams.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Mark Hamill—who portrayed iconic protagonist Luke Skywalker—says that chances are good for him appearing in the new Star Wars films in some capacity.
“George [Lucas] wanted to know whether we’d be interested,” Hamill said in the interview. “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.”
Beyond that, Hamill said he is as in the dark as most of the general public.
“I probably learn more from Entertainment Tonight than I do directly from Lucasfilm,” he joked.
Hamill said he is also keen to know whether past Star Wars leads will also be involved in the new storyline, including Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Tony Daniels and Harrison Ford (who, if certain reports are to be believed, will indeed be returning to his Han Solo role).
Longer excerpts from the interview can be read here.