The general consensus among Star Wars fans when talking about the recently announcedStar Wars: Episode VII seems to be that the movie’s best chance for success would be to distance itself from the storylines and characters of the previous six movies, and start fresh. Still, considering that they were not able to appear in the prequel trilogy, there’s no denying that many of those same fans would likely be excited to see their favorite characters make an appearance.
And, according to one “highly placed” source, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher are all open to returning for the movie, should there be need for Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia, of course. “Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it, all three of them are,” the source said.
The problem with any of the actors returning, obviously, is their age: Ford is 70, Hamill is 61, and Fisher is 56. In order for them to return for the movie, it would have to be set around thirty years after the end of Episode VI (or whatever period of time is fitting to the rapidity of aging in that universe).
For those who don’t know, Ford’s Han Solo character was actually set to be killed off in Return of the Jedi, but George Lucas, always the business man, thought it would be bad for merchandising if one of the top selling action figure died. Whodathunk all these years later the still-living character would be a topic of discussion.
Personally I think it’s always cool to see where characters are in their lives when new installments in a movie franchise are made, and would be curious to catch up with these three favorites. That said, the parts would have to be very small; maybe have them spending their days at the old cantina, drinking and swapping old war stories?
If one or all three of these actors are brought back for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII, how do you want to see them used?