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. So happy.

    • Me too! It will be great to see their iconic characters on the big screen again, and hopefully, in much more than just cameo roles.

  2. Gotta be fit. Didn’t you see the casting call?!

    • casting call – basically everyone and their mother is fit except for one guy who doesn’t have a clue

  3. Hmmmm. I wonder how much time they spent in Cantina’s once they realized they were related…

  4. I just imagined them in a Rocky-Style training montage

    • You know most people who use gay jokes as insults are actually gay, right?

      • wuttt?

      • If that was true gay marrige would already be legal and less of a minority and more a majority. I’m not saying its right but I grew up saying that in high school and never hated lez/gay/tran (I can’t remember the acronym) I understand it can be insulting to those people and now I choose not to say it outta respect but it still comes out once in a while and their ain’t no hate or man loving here. Everyone’s has a right to their own choice…even the words they use. Can it be disrespectful? Yes. Is it the end of the world no. So just quit being gay man.

    • I would love to see them running up the Rocky steps with the music playing in the back round.

      • That would be awesome.

  5. This is great news, I’m definitely looking forward to their return in episode VII.

  6. My only concern about Hamill was his apearence he looks nothing like he use to. I appreciate the effort he is giving for this role and I am glad for his own sake. Now I am perfectly fine with this addition as long as they don’t go for nostalgia the whole time (like the first hour of the hobbit) and focus on the actual new story.

    • He DOES look the way he used to, he’s just more wrinkled!

      • Exactly!! how could he not look like an older version of himself ?!

        • Beats the s**t out of me!

  7. Absolutely fantastic news

  8. Keep Carrie off the hooch and mark out of the ashtray in front of the grocery smoking other ppl discarded butts they might do ok.

  9. That’s fantastic news, the longer they have screen time the better. It’s still about THEM! Could care less about their kids, let’s see them take center stage again. Looking forward to a badass Master Jedi Luke Skywalker.

    • Agreed!!!!!!

  10. Time to introduce the Legacy era to the world. Rise Darth Caedus!

    • No thank you.

  11. I get all giddy when this kind of great news about Episode VII shows up.

  12. They may even CG Carrie and Hamills faces to make them appear a bit younger, or just on Hamill because, lets face it.. He didn’t age well. Not at all. Not one bit.

    So hopefully he may get some botox to even out those rinkles a lil bit. Hope, hope!

  13. Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are going to be awesome!! I can’t wait!!

    • Agreed it hit they will be awesome

  14. Glad they are all back for one more last dance :)

  15. Hamill will clean up good. Not sure about Fisher.

  16. good to see there still livein

  17. Haha nice.

  18. When I was a kid back in the 70′s, I remember seeing one of the original trailers for Star Wars before it came out in theaters. But what I remember most from that trailer after all these years was a scene of both Luke and Leia kissing ON THE LIPS in what I believed was the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon! I wonder where that footage has gone? Hello George?

    • I think you are right, I was one of those California kids in 1977, it may have been in March or April, tat this strange commercial played on the air on tv, and among the quick succession of montages, that scene was there. I was 9 years old at the time.

  19. I think this is great that the originals are coming back for the next one and I imagined at least Hamill and Fisher would try to loose weight not to look like they’re in there 30s but to look better for their age in the movie, I doubt that the movie will focus around Luke and Leia and Han as the action Satr they wre back in the day, I thinks it’s really gonna be about them raising a new generation of heroes in the universe I just think they’re losing weight to look better for the movie, I look forward to it I bet this will be great.

  20. Sandy
    You said the three actors needed a reason to train their is never a excuse to let youself get unhealthy and unfit

    • True.

  21. This is great! I hope to see some lightsaber action for them. They’ve got it, just older and wiser.

  22. Good. Can’t wait to see them post-workout

    • I’m with you drew that will look cool

  23. I don’t really care anymore. Star Wars was forever ruined when episode 1 came out, and the subsequent sequels that followed. Add on top of that, a highly overrated director JJ Abrams, and you have a franchise that should have taken it’s final bow at ROTJ

    • Forever ruined? I’m sorry to have to say something dorky, but I find your lack of faith disturbing. I agree that Abrams is overrated, but he’s not George Lucas, and someone else wrote the screenplay. There is some hope.

      • Abrams Ardnt and Kennedy are like Luke Han and Leia they are the new hopes lol


  25. I think this fantastic news. Benefit the actors as much as fans.
    I grew up in the prequel generations but I love the classic films.
    So this is exciting to actually see, however long it may be, the trio.
    Add Williams!

    I see Luke as a sort-of a monk like. Seem very placid until placed into action. Luke’s characterization may actually be closer to Qui-Gon Jinn personality than Obi-Wan Kenobi.

  26. In shape for Mark constitutes driving around Beverly Hills smoking used cigarette butts from dumpsters and eating at Smashburger.

  27. the Force is strong with this one

  28. Luke does not need a beard.