Mark Hamill Confirms ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Talks; Wants New Trilogy to ‘Go Retro’

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It wasn’t long after Disney announced its acquisition of Lucasfilm, and intention to produce more Star Wars movies beginning with Episode VII, that Jedi Master Luke Skywalker (that’s actor Mark Hamill, for all the non-SW fanatics reading this) was pressed for information, with regard to insider knowledge he possesses. At the time, the geek-favorite turned revered voice actor revealed that George Lucas had indeed told him ahead of time about plans for a new trilogy – though, apparently he left out that little detail about selling his mon$ter company to the Mouse House.

Since then, new rumors have been popping up around the clock, concerning which veterans of the series are coming back for Episode VII and beyond. ET Online was interviewing Hamill about his direct-to-DVD release, Sushi Girl, when he provided the following about him, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford playing older versions of Luke, Leia and Han Solo:

“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. … I can tell you right away that we haven’t signed any contracts. We’re in the stage where they want us to go in and meet with Michael Arndt, who is the writer, and Kathleen Kennedy, who is going to run Lucasfilm. Both have had meetings set that were postponed — on their end, not mine. They’re more busy than I am.”

We recently broke down the scenario of Hamill, Fisher and Ford returning for an Episode VII that draws inspiration from the Star Wars Expanded Universe – in particular, the “Legacy of the Force” storyline that picks up 40 years following the events of A New Hope, allowing the new trilogy to pick in real-world time from a story perspective. Hamill expects the film to take a similar approach (ie. focus on the older characters’ offspring, like Han and Leia’s daughter Jaina) with Luke being a mentor to them like Obi-Wan Kenobi was to him. He playfully added:

“… 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.'”

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J.J. Abrams is directing Episode VII and expectations are he’ll construct the Star Wars universe using the same techniques from his Star Trek reboot and its sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness – namely, combining practical sets and props with CGI effects on the grand-scale shots and effects-heavy sequences, as opposed to the heavier reliance on digital imagery and tools in the prequel trilogy.

Hamill, for his money, is championing as much old-school technique as feasible:

“I 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.'”

For more from Hamill (including, which Star Wars character spinoff movies he wants to see), head on over to ET Online.

Star Wars: Episode VII is tentatively scheduled to open in theaters by 2015.

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  1. He’s talking a lot of sense. I too miss real sets, modelwork, costumes etc… Cgi is best used where it is needed and not for the sake of it. The prequels looked and felt so vapid. They had none of the charm of the originals.

  2. Hamill is 100 percent correct.

    • The force is strong with this one

  3. I agree with Luke Skywalker, keep it real in terms of effects. I feel like Disney won’t do this, but it can’t hurt to ask! Jim Henson’s Creature Shop could sure use some epic Star Wars funding. *hint hint*

    • Word.

      • indeed! It would be nice to see a well put together script…with special effects and CGI as a COMPLIMENT to the acting. I think it will be good.

        • *Complement. A compliment is something nice you say to someone.

  4. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS we need\WE WANT NEW STAR WARS TRILOGY !!!!! FASTTTTTT pls thats awesome news 😀 😉

  5. I hope they go retro. J.J Abrams however does allot of CGI in his films so I am doubtful but also hopeful. I really hope Mark Hamill joins the Star Wars 7 cast though too.

  6. “I hope they find the right balance of CGI with practical effects”
    Me too Mr Hamill… me too.

    • +1

      • +1,000,0000

  7. Totally agree with Mr.Hamill. So excited for these movies!!!!!

  8. Guillermo Del Toro does a lot of ‘retro’ stuff. He uses big sets, costumes, makeup and CGI.

    • And that has WHAT to do with Star Wars?

      • It’s because Del Toro uses cgi in the right doses. He often uses practical costumes and enhances them with cgi to get the best results instead of just going CGI all the way. More film makers should take Del Toro’s approach.

      • It means it’s still relevant to today, so Hamill’s idea is possible. Some people can’t seem to get the memo.

    • I like chris nolan and jon favreau. As long as were throwing names out there. They use practical effects as much as possible and I really like that. Also Sam Mendes did alot of practical stuff in Skyfall, that was awesome. practical effects can look waaaaay better than cg when used correctly.

  9. Absolutely! If you can shoot it in camera, shoot it in camera. CGI should only be used when it’s absolutely necessary, that is: if you can’t even do it with models.

    • p.s.: just watch Disney’s Dragonslayer. That Stop-Motion dragon still blows any CGI dragon out of the water, although Reign of Fire came pretty close.

      • I thought Draco was pretty cool looking from Dragonheart.

        • He was great, but even that looks dated now.

  10. Thank you, Mark, for being one of my most-beloved childhood heroes. If they listen to you, they won’t only use more practical effects, they will hire a team with the love of the Star Wars mythology in their hearts, so they create something with the magic and romance of the originals, and not the commercial blandness of the prequels.

    May the Force be with you.

    • That would be more then sweet,but i doubt J.J feels and things that way !
      His movies always feel a bit cold and he uses these realistic cold colors for film :( Not sure he can catch this warm feeling we would love to have it and feel watching the movie !

      • his Super 8 was chock full of practical effects and physical set pieces, and filmed in warm tones. I think he is versatile and makes choices based on the project

  11. Absolutely agree with everyone. Especially Mark Hamill. Good luck sir in securing a part in further Star Wars projects.

  12. Wonder if Mara Jade Will make an appearance, since you know, she ends up marrying Luke and all. 😀

    • That’s only according to some lousy non-canon literature.

      • The literature is canon – just not at canon as the films.

    • +1

  13. Completely agree with Hamill, I sometimes dont even wanna watch the prequel trilogy because its almost all CGI. Even the clones and they didnt need to be, they could have used REAL people like in the ORIGINAL trilogy. And i hope they bring back the original cast, just Hamill’s gotta trim down a bit. Not to be rude or anything, but who ever heard of a fat Jedi?

    • Yeah, sure, they could have cast hundreds of people with the exact same height, build and moves… In the era of the original trilogy, the Empire had stopped using clones.

  14. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why he is a Jedi master.

    And no EU!!! 😛

    • Well said man

  15. Mark Hamill always has something wonderfully offbeat to say, and I also 100% agree with his thoughts on practical effects and “retro.”

  16. Everyone is using more CGI than practical effects and I don’t like it. Even in the Hobbit, I preferred the original trilogy’s real orcs than the CGI ones in the hobbit. Star Wars has effects that still hold up today due the use of miniatures and awesome sets.

  17. I was recently watching Revenge Of The Sith, and there are parts were the actors are obviously walking on a huge green screen set, cause everything looked fake and CGI..And I’m not talking about an action scene. Just Obi and Skywalker walking on a bridge.I was like “wow this looks retarded. Totally takes out the realism the original had” So I started looking at the special features, and there yaaa go! I would say 80% of the movie had actors in a green room. maybe 1 prop or 2….What the hell was Lucas thinking!?!?

  18. I sure hope the old gang comes back for the next chapter in the trilogy, if I’m lucky they even bring back Chewbacca. I think Hamil is right when he talked about finding the right balance between practical and CGI effects and I hope they do it with this movie because one of my favorite things about the originals is that the effects looked very real even though what they did was so out-there that’s one thingi worried about with Abrams even though think he’s a great choice I watched Star Trek and loved it but there were a lot of CGI effects that were good but they didn’t spell star wars to me, but then again he did make a ton of other movies using practical effects like mission impossible 3 and stuff like that so maybe I can take that back, maybe he’ll try and explore the bigger opportunity to use practical effects in this movie I certainly hope he does either way I think he’s way better at using CGI than George Lucas I think he’s a great choice I want Hamil, Ford, and Fisher to all come back the Farmboy, The pirate, and The princess I also want Chewbacca to come back and the humor in star wars would be nothing to me if not for C-3PO and R2-D2 man I love those two guys so damn much. And if Billy Dee Willaims comes backs hats great to

    • You know, there’s something useful called punctuation.

      • And paragraphs. (^-^)

  19. Mark needs to grow a beard. There are some photos floating around the net from a couple years back when he had a full beard, and it suits him. Makes him look dignified. And lets be honest, he hasn’t aged as well as Ford, so he needs all the help he can get.

    • Not to mention, isn’t it some kind of unsaid rule that Jedi Masters should have beards (Mace Windu not withstanding). Seems that most of them do…

    • He’s just put on a little weight. If he lost a few pounds he’d look no worse than Ford. Same goes for Carrie Fisher.

    • I bet a beard would work Luke having a beard reminds me of old Ben Kenobi i think that’d be great for a movie if that what they are going for.

      • beard +1

  20. From a monetary standpoint.

    This easier with CGI than Practical Effects. You are paying a team of 30 to work the computers.

    You need a team of Hundreds to build the sets, the rigs, lights, eletrical, plumbing. Then you have to deal with Unions.

    Why CGI is more cost effective, and I despise CGI Laden movies, but if you want a quick Star Wars movie, CGI is the way to go.

    • I don’t actually think cgi is always faster or cheaper TBH. It depends on exactly what you are doing I suppose. But getting quality digital artists and animators really isn’t cheap.

      Good minatures should be used far more often instead of building big sets or constructing a vast cgi set.

      I blame the ridiculous camera movements that are over used with digital set pieces. Sometimes it seems so out of place when a simpler pan would work better and be more suiable.

    • But then again: a really good team can build a really good set in a few days while the same thing as a CGI model might take months of work. The CG artists need to painstakingly create every detail to fill it with life, while actual sets already have layers of natural textures and microdetails that make it look real right off the bat.

      • Problem is, when you build the sets, someone will come up with it has this missing here, or this needs to be added there.

        Take the Falcon, full size wooden version, it looked real, and then incredibly detailed matte painting.

        You cant find good craftsmen like that these days.

        oh and @TheLostWinchester.

        For my Cows, you want a steak, you can come get a cow, you just going to have to get past Big Blue….Hint, he aint no Cow! heheheehehe

  21. He is going to have to hit the treadmill!! They don’t sell pies in the degobar system :)

  22. Yeah it pains me to say this, he shouldnt be in the film. He hasnt aged well and hasnt been in a film that isnt animated in so long. He just isnt fit for films anymore

  23. Hamill is soooo right. in the first trilogy, the future had a past. The world looked dirty and lived-in, while the last three films looked and felt as wooden as the actors involved.

    • The world looked dirty and lived-in because it was exhausted by years of the Empire’s iron grip.

  24. He might need CGI to shed a few pounds. I’m thinking Lawrence Fishburne in the Matrix sequels. I spent the whole of ‘Reloaded’ wondering if his pants were going to split.

    On a more serious note though, I agree implicitly. CGI has no weight on screen. Everything just looks a little hollow and unsubstantial. It’s a sad indictment of the film industry that what used to be considered the normal is now considered revolutionary. A curious little full circle that.

  25. I agree, cgi is cheaper, but Mark is right, big sets, going retro is the right way to go.

  26. They should get Mark involved creatively. One needs to not loose the ‘feel’ of the the original saga, which means far more model work and real sets. The new films are goimg to be had visually to nail – they need to fit in with the ‘middle’ trilogy, but hold up for modern audiences. They really should listen bloody carefully to what the original cast think. Really hope they do this right and respect the original cast and their characters. I’m cautiously optimistic :)

  27. This guy is so out of shape.

  28. Yaaaa matte paintings!!! Jaba’s palace looks more real than anything in the whole saga. I only hope for practical CGI uses, and for some sweet dogfighting!

  29. Mark Hamill has aged horribly!!!!!!!!! Give him hood and he’d look like the Emperor.

    • Give him a break. Not everyone ages the same. I am sure that, if he reprises his role, he will lose a few pounds, and makeup will do wonders for him. No actor or actress looks as good at home or on the street as they do on film.