Written by Jeff Snyder
MARK HAMILL SPEAKS ON THE POSSIBLE RETURN OF CLASSIC TRILOGY CAST MEMBERS & SPECIAL EFFECTS FOR STAR WARS EPISODE VII -
Mark Hammil recently did an interview where he updates the ravenous Star Wars fan base on the upcoming Episode 7, scheduled for 2015. Last week, rumors were flying around the internet that Harrison Ford had officially signed on to do the prequel, but Hammil, famed for his role of the central character of the original trilogy Luke Skywalker, shot that rumor down, stating that “I can tell you right away that we [the original core cast] haven’t signed any contracts”. He did, however, mention that talks are underway to get the heroes of the original trilogy on board with this new venture. “We’re [the original cast] in the stage where they want us to go in and meet Michael Arndt, who is the writer, and Kathleen Kennedy, who is going to run Lucasfilm.” This is good news for any fan of the original series as there seems to be a real effort from Lucasfilm to get them involved. At the same time, the reluctance of the stars is refreshing and encouraging. After what can only be called a complete disappointment that was the Star Wars prequels, the heroes of the only Star Wars film trilogy this fan acknowledges want to make sure the new films won’t be a complete bust.
One potential road block for Hammil signing on is his desire for the entire cast return, adding “Another thing I’d want to make sure of is are we going to have the whole gang back? Is Carrie [Fisher] and Harrison [Ford] and Billy Dee [Williams] and [Anthony] Daniels, everybody that’s around from the original [returning]? I want to make sure that everybody’s on board here, rather than just one.” This is a desire that many fans can relate to and I feel will only make the film better. The more people Lucasfilm have to sell their film to, the more chances a bad movie will not be made. If the actors from the original all believe that it’s going to be a bad film, they won’t sign on.
One final note from the recent interview with Hammil that is worth mentioning is his revealing his desire for classic film effects, and “the right balance of CGI with practical effects”. Readers of the DarlingDork will know of my aversion to the over-saturation of CGI in the film-making process. Hammil’s desire for “props…models, miniatures, matte paintings” makes me incredibly happy. Film-making done like this is an art form. Behind-the-scenes footage from the original trilogy shows intense planning going into each special effect, from costumes and puppetry to Rube Goldberg mechanisms that were amazingly intricate. All in all, this recent interview has given this fan a great deal of hope and confidence in the upcoming film. Still cautious, but slowly more optimistic. Hopefully, we’ll have more for you hear at the DarlingDork soon. Until then, Live Long and Prosper. Oh…wait…wrong one. My bad, may the Schwartz…wait, getting closer. May the force be with you, always. Nailed it.