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Rumor: Mark Hamill & Carrie Fisher Returning For 'Star Wars Episode VII,' Plot To Revolve Around Children Of Original Characters

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by Oliver Lyttelton
February 19, 2013 11:44 AM
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Last week's news that Harrison Ford could be returning to reprise the role of Han Solo in J.J Abrams' "Star Wars Episode VII" was, if true, big news for fans of the franchise. It means that there'll be clear continuity between the classic films and the new ones, and means that there'll be a chance for them to see arguably the most beloved character in the franchise on the big screen, played by the man who embodied him, before the mooted Solo-centric prequel.

But of course, it led to a certain amount of speculation about what it means for the other main trio from the original films. Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, while fairly busy, haven't exactly been regular presences on the big screen in recent years; the former's last major on-screen presence was as 'Cocknocker' in Kevin Smith's "Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back," Fisher's was in horror film "Sorority Row." But Ford's rumored signing certainly seems to pave the way to their return, and if the "Star Wars" whispers of the day are to be believed, that is indeed the case.

When you finally decipher a grumpy, semi-coherent report from Showbiz 411's Roger Friedman, it reveals that the veteran gossip-monger was told some time ago that Ford, Fisher and Hamill would all be returning for the new films. What's more, he claims to have further plot details on the coming movies, saying that their stories will center around the children of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo.

Many had assumed that this would be the case, given that it's the way that much of the extended universe literature unfolds. In the books and comics, Luke has a son, Ben, with smuggler Mara Jade, a former apprentice of the Emperor, while Han and Leia have three children; Jacen Solo, a powerful Jedi, Luke's apprentice, who goes over to the dark side, Jaina Solo, his twin, who also becomes a Jedi, and eventually kills her brother, and Anakin Solo, who Chewbacca gives up his life to save, but who also dies in the novel "Star by Star."

All that said, don't expect things to play out exactly this way; Lawrence Kasdan has already indicated that the new films won't be following the established plots (thank god...), so it's possible that we could be seeing very different versions of these characters, or that the children of Luke, Leia and Han will be entirely different characters altogether. It does all make sense, given other reports that George Lucas met with Hamill and Fisher, and that the plot would revolve around an older Luke.

As has been the case for a while, there's been no official word out of the Disney/J.J. Abrams camp on the rumors, and it's probably unlikely that there will be for a while. So do you hope that the report is correct, and are you pleased that Luke & Leia will be returning to the screen with their offspring? Or were you hoping for a clean start with "Episode VII"? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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7 Comments

  • Mandy | February 20, 2013 6:20 PMReply

    I like Rodie how Han, Leia, and Luke flash back when they were young use a young actors to play them, they use a flash back before in a old movie like Stand By Me.

  • Steve Noonan | February 20, 2013 11:53 AMReply

    how can you have a "clean start" with a movie subtitled Episode VII

  • 567 | February 19, 2013 7:38 PMReply

    "the new films won't be following the established plots (thank god...)" Have you read the EU books and find them objectionable somehow? I don't get it

  • Tim | February 19, 2013 5:15 PMReply

    I think an older Luke will be o.k. How old is Gandalf supposed to be in Jacksons films? He still kicks butt..It will be more like Obi- Wan was in the originals, but with kids, & Ford will be a respected old general. As long as their young adult children are well cast. They could even have flashbacks to little missions that have happened since return of the Jedi- then we'll get to see them in their 40's, too (cgi).

  • Ray H | February 19, 2013 4:13 PMReply

    Lucas probably met with them last year to tell them to get back into shape.

  • LordRyus | February 19, 2013 1:36 PMReply

    I don't know, those two in the back seats sure would have some might ugly children. :P

    Give me The EU kids (and the one grandkid), but rewitten... to you know, avoid some of there crappier plots and have all of them still be alive.

  • rodie | February 19, 2013 11:51 AMReply

    Please don't use any of the "extended universe" book characters for their kids! Come up with something new. Also, it'll be interesting to see if, while filming Episode 7, Ford shoots a cameo for the Han Solo spin-off. It might be cool if that first Solo spin-off started with an older Han (Ford) then flashed back to his younger days with the new actor to tie it all together.

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