Not much is known about the new “Star Wars” installment. Michael Arndt is writing the script. J.J. Abrams is directing. Millions of people will whip themselves into an anticipatory frenzy, meaning that nothing short of a miracle will satisfy their expectations.
And there’s a good chance moviegoers will see their old favorites from the original trilogy. “They’re talking to us,” Mark Hamill told “Entertainment Tonight.” Vulture’s Zach Dionne has more from ET’s interview with the man forever known as Luke Skywalker:
“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.” Though Hamill says no signatures have hit any documents, it all seems to lend some credit to those reports about Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Hamill all returning, huh?
Hamill is a pretty shrewd cat. He and I share the exact same reservations.
“I said to George [Lucas] that I wanted to go back to the way it was, in the sense that ours was much more carefree and lighthearted and humorous — in my opinion, anyway,” he says. (Writer’s note: That’s an understatement.) “And 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 Tony Daniels, everybody that’s around from the original [returning]? I want to make sure that everybody’s on board here, rather than just one.”
I have one request for Arndt and Abrams: Just make sure the movie is entertaining. That’s all I ask. I don’t care who’s in it or when the story takes place or who’s cast in the lead roles. Just give us some thrills.