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The new Star Wars movie may still be a few lightyears away, but we're already receiving more exciting news than we can manage. At the rate with which all the hype is being pumped out, we're likely to all be nervous quivering wrecks by the film's release in 2015. We already reported that Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens would likely feature the return of Han, Leia, and Luke, while himself seems to already be ready to return. Now has spoken to Entertainment Tonight about the logistics behind their reunion. He explained:

They're talking to us. 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.

Although none of the Big Three have yet to put any ink on a contract, things do appear to be moving along nicely. Hamill himself is reportedly preparing to meet with Episode VII screenwriter Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) to discuss the future trilogy. He continued:

I said to George that I wanted to go back to the way it was, in the sense that ours was much more carefree and lighthearted and humorous — in my opinion, anyway. And another thing I'd want to make sure of is are we going to have the whole gang back? Is Carrie and Harrison and Billy Dee and Tony Daniels, everybody that's around from the original [returning]? I want to make sure that everybody's on board here, rather than just one.

Hmm. I would be a little bit cautious about making it too lighthearted. We all remember Jar Jar Binks, he was hardly a dramatic character...

I'm still unsure how I feel about this news. On one hand seeing the old gang again would be great, but only if it's woven seamlessly into the story. I wouldn't want to watch a Star Wars movie which featured old characters purely for the sake of elbow nudging the audience. I mean, how far is this going to go? Is Admiral Ackbar going to pop up again and helpfully point out another trap? Will the Ewoks come back to do another little dance?

At the moment, I think my fears are unfounded. Hamill also revealed his return to the franchise was essential to the story. He explained the plot, "would be about our offspring — like my character would be sort of in the Obi-Wan range [as] an influential character." I think I can live with that.

What do you think? Are you happy to see as many original characters as possible, or is there a limit? Let us know what you think below.


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