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.

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