Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill Are Getting in Shape for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

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Just in case the news that Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are returning to play older versions of Skywalker twins Luke and Leia in Star Wars: Episode VII – alongside Harrison Ford reprising as a 70-something Han Solo – wasn’t already a poorly-kept “secret,” new reports on the situation indicate that both geek-favorites have begun dieting and working out. That is, so the pair may convincingly portray their beloved onscreen counterparts, who are people that have spent the last 35-40 years keeping the peace and training young Jedi Knights in a galaxy far, far away.

The Sun is citing a source that says both Hamill and Fisher “will be supplied with a top nutritionist and fitness trainer before filming starts on Star Wars VII,” which is going to begin filming in the UK early next year. Bearing in mind that The Sun has a tendency to be something of a gossip rag, all signs point to Hamill and Fisher appearing in Episode VII; which is to say, this news makes sense.

Both stars are in average shape for being aged 61 and 56, respectively, and unlike Ford – who keeps active on his 800-acre ranch in Wyoming and by still playing the occasional physically-demanding role (see: Cowboys & Aliens) – both Hamill and Fisher have had little reason to remain in tip-top condition over the decades (since the pair have led successful careers by doing voice work and script doctoring).

Yes, they need to lose some weight and get in shape to ensure that their return to the Star Wars universe is successful, but the duo seem perfectly accepting (and happy) to do just that. Fisher has even (half-)joked in the past about her plans to go on a sugar binge, before she starts properly training for Episode VII.

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More interesting, perhaps, is the implication that Hamill, Fisher and Ford will all play significant roles in director J.J. Abrams Star Wars: Episode VII; that is, enough so for them to get in shape so they can at least look capable of performing certain stunts and fighting moves. Hamill, for instance, has long expected that he would become an Obi-Wan Kenobi-like mentor figure in the film, when he joked about Luke turning into “a lonely old hermit living out in some kind of desert igloo with a couple of robots.” Chances are, in Episode VII, Luke will be the badass Jedi Master responsible for training some of those whipper-snappers described in an (unconfirmed) character breakdown for Abrams’ movie.

Ford, as he is, could easily portray an older Han Solo as a seasoned military commander for the New Republic, and it won’t require that much training by Fisher to portray Leia as a leader who actively works to maintain peace throughout the Star Wars galaxy. By comparison, Hamill will probably have to work out more than his peers, but give him some comfortable Jedi robes to wear – along with an Alec Guiness-style beard (the beard always helps) – to top it all off, and he should be good to go.


Star Wars: Episode VII will open in theaters in Summer 2015.

Source: The Sun

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  1. Sorry, but Mark Hammil is a s***** actor and fat ass Carrie Fisher is just painful to watch.

    • Go F**k yourself.

      • Comment directed at A.

    • You betray everything your mama taught you you punk ass.

    • you’ve obviously never played Arkham Asylum or Arkham City or for that matter Batman the Animated Series.

      • WORD. Hammil is the best Joker ever in my opinion.

    • How is it that your comment who identifies as ‘A’ is not considered Spam?

    • shut up retard if u do not like them then why are u on the website b****

    • I bet you look like Jabba the Hutt..

    • I bet you’re as ugly as a bag full of faeces.

  2. Mark Hamill is still too fat and out of shape…picking cigarette butts out of ash trays to smoke them

  3. Trolls, trolls, everywhere and not a Moderator proactive. Ridiculous.

  4. Anticipating Skywalker’s return, we will be waiting for him !

  5. Im a true starwars fan grew up…with it and it will…be Amazing!!
    So u childern Grow up

  6. darth vader comes back and solo’s his entire family lol thated be funny

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  8. For a 61 year old and a 56 year old who work desk jobs, they look fine. Only Ford was a live action actor all these years. And then Star Wars falls in their laps … again. I’m just glad that this sounds like the most healthy, pleasant way possible to get these actors back into shape. A studio offering “all the support they can” means a lot, not just in personal trainers, but in personal counselors that they can talk to during the process. Not only that, they’re being given the better part of a year, so the weightloss is going to be healthy.

    • I agree. And it’s good for them, may they remain that way after the movies, as well.

  9. This movie is going to be AWESOME!!! Congrats to Mark Hamill and Carrie getting back in the game!!!

  10. Luke Skywalker is the best but just using a calorie counting app like mtfitnesspal would be far more useful to Mark Hamill than a personal trainer cause exercise is only a minor and optional part of weight loss.

    • Wtf do you think a personal trainer does, count situps? If you’re paying a person a LOT of money to “train” you, would you not also assume that training would encompass a dietary regimen too?

      Flamed, b****.

      • Well to get technical, designing meal plans is not one of the things that a PT certification certify’s you to do. Though, yes, I imagine that Mark Hamill’s trainer would also be a licensed dietitian at that level..

  11. As a huge fan of the original trilogy, the prequel trilogy left an horrible taste in my mouth – enough that I (gasp) swore that I would never again trust the franchise… Then I started seeing J.J Abrams, and Mark, Carrie and Harrison… Goddammit, I have never broken an oath before, but I have to see this. I’m hoping it will be an honorable send-off for my childhood heroes.

    I hope they don’t let us down this time – and ffs, if Jar Jar Binks shows up again, I’m leaving the planet.

  12. This is great news. I love those three.