The report that Harrison Ford's return to the Star Wars franchise is "a done deal" appears to be premature.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Mark Hamill reveals that while he and his former co-stars Ford and Carrie Fisher are in talks with Lucasfilm, no deal has been reached for them to reprise their roles in the new trilogy.
"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," the 61-year-old actor says. "… 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."
Hamill, learned about the trilogy plans during an August lunch with Fisher and Lucas, says he told the filmmaker he wanted the franchise's tone "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. And another thing I'd want to make sure of is are we going to have the whole gang back? Is Carrie and Harrison and Billy Dee 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 guess I'll have to tune into your show to figure out who's on board."
While noting that he knows nothing about the storyline for the new trilogy, he presumes "these movies would be about our offspring -- like my character would be sort of in the Obi-Wan range [as] an influential character."
Directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: Episode VII is targeted for release in 2015.