Any time a film as momentous as Star Wars: Episode VII springs into production, there’s bound to be misinformation around every corner. In the blogosphere, the race to get there first often leads to dead ends – even if there’s a nugget of truth buried somewhere within. This in addition to the involvement of JJ Abrams, who values secrecy and misinformation to generate publicity during production. So yeah, Episode VII could be about Bail Organa’s bastard son for all we know.
Thankfully Mark Hamill is here to restore some sanity. In a conversation with Entertainment Tonight, Luke Skywalker himself sets the record straight on the process thus far. On how he’d like to see Luke portrayed in future installments:
“I’m assuming—because I haven’t talked to the writers—that these movies would be about our offspring, like my character would be sort of in the Obi-wan range [as] an influential character. When I found out [while making the original trilogy] that ultimate good news/bad news joke the good news is there’s a real attractive, hot girl in the universe; the bad news is she’s your sister. I thought, ‘Well, I’m going to wind up like Sir Alec [Guinness]. I’m going to be a lonely old hermit living out in some kind of desert igloo with a couple of robots.'”
On the subject of tone:
“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….hope they find the right balance of CGI with practical effects. I love props, I love models, miniatures, matte paintings — I’m sort of old school. I think if you go too far in the direction of CGI it winds up looking like just a giant a video game, and that’s unfortunate. If they listen to me at all, it’ll be, ‘Lighten up and go retro with the way it looks.’”
And finally, who he’d like to see return:
“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 [Lando Calrissian] and Tony Daniels [C-3PO], everybody that’s around from the original [returning]? I want to make sure that everybody’s on board here, rather than just one.”
Here here in regards to the return of miniatures. The prequels were 9/10ths animated movies as they were. He also mentions the whole offspring approach Disney’s rumored to be taking. I hope Abrams and company are willing to introduce new characters to the franchise as well. Han Solo was an outsider at one time too, and Star Wars is a universe rich with interesting territory to mine beyond the Skywalkers. Basically what I’m saying is, does Lando have a son and can he be the most badass star the Wars franchise has ever seen?
Paging Tyler Perry.