Mark Hamill Reacts to Star Wars VII

Original Star Wars Actor Knew of the Project for Over a Year

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Mark Hamill Reacts to <i>Star Wars VII</i>

Following Tuesday’s shocking news of Disney acquiring the Star Wars franchise by buying Lucasfilm Ltd. and the announcement of a seventh Star Wars film to be released in 2015, several opinions arose, albeit mostly speculative and uninformed ones. But Entertainment Weekly managed to get in touch with original Star Wars actor Mark Hamill for a reaction. According to Hamill, George Lucas told him and original co-star Carrie Fisher of the new trilogy over a year ago.

“He did tell us last summer about wanting to go on and do [Episodes] VII, VIII, and IX, and that [newly appointed Lucasfilm president] Kathleen Kennedy would be doing them,” he said.

Hamill was unaware of any further details and added that, at this moment, “it’s hard to make any comment other than congratulations to George.”

In more Star Wars news, a source for E! Online broke the news on Wednesday that the new trilogy would be an entirely original story, not drawing upon any existing series material.