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George Lucas Says Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher & Harrison Ford Essentially Signed For 'Star Wars: Episode 7'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2013 9:06 AM
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George Lucas Confirms Negotiations For Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher & Harrison Ford For 'Star Wars: Episode 7'
So, let's just recap where we're at. In February, we saw a lot of chatter start surfacing about the original "Star Wars" cast returning for "Star Wars: Episode 7" with Harrison Ford reportedly confirmed, Carrie Fisher seemingly saying she was back too (though her rep now says she was joking) while Mark Hamill stated he actually hadn't signed yet. All of this talk was further buoyed when more news surfaced that said the trio were indeed coming back, and the plot for 'Episode 7' would center on their children. In short, there has been a lot of signs pointing in the direction they'll be back, but not much in the way of official word. Well, George Lucas himself has now commented.

Carrie Fisher Confirms She'll Return As Princess Leia For 'Star Wars: Episode 7'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • March 6, 2013 10:41 AM
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There have been a number of questions and rumors surrounding “Star Wars: Episode VII” ever since its original announcement, especially regarding the cast. After it was announced last month that Harrison Ford will most likely be returning to play Han Solo, the attention then turned to whether or not Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher would be returning as well. While we’ve already heard rumors that they might come back, Fisher herself has recently confirmed that she will indeed be coming back to the franchise.

Watch: Trailer For Michael Haneke's 'Star Wars: Episode 7'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 5, 2013 4:30 PM
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Michael Haneke is one of Europe’s leading filmmakers and has produced some of the most powerful, unflinching films to come out of the continent over the course of the last 25 years. He’s a perennial favourite at Cannes and has two Palme d’Ors, a Grand Prix and Best Director award from the festival to his name, but it wasn’t until this year that he became better known to a much wider audience. That in part was surely down to the five Oscar nominations “Amour” received (including Best Director and Best Picture), but we’re betting it was mostly to do with that parody twitter account.

Simon Pegg Shoots Down 'Star Wars: Episode 7' Rumors, Says He's Not Attached

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2013 11:39 AM
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People are desperate for any news about what J.J. Abrams and co. are cooking up for "Star Wars: Episode 7," so even thin rumors from sources like the generally totally out there MarketSaw tend to be speculated upon. But sometimes you just gotta know better, and this appears to be one of those times. With the site claiming that Alfonso Cuaron was being considered to helm one of the sequels, they also casually tossed in this morsel from their source: "...expect Simon Pegg to be involved in some capacity. Can't say why, but lets just say I have a strong feeling about that." But the actor himself has addressed those rumors.

Mark Hamill Says He Isn't Signed Yet For 'Episode VII,' Says Luke Skywalker Will Be Obi-Wan Type Character

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2013 11:54 AM
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Another day, and more chatter about "Star Wars: Episode VII" and where it may or may not be headed. Yesterday came rumors that the upcoming film would revolve around the children of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo. And now, Mark Hamill himself has weighed in, and while he claims not to be sure where the next movie is going (we'd wager he's being a little coy), he does indicate he has enough information to take a pretty educated guess about what the next chapter in the saga will bring.

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

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • 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.

Discuss: John Williams Wants To Return To Score ‘Star Wars,’ But Would Michael Giacchino Be A Better Choice?

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 19, 2013 11:15 AM
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In the instance of top directors announcing their latest projects, you can bet a select few composers are confidently clearing their calendars for work to come. But while Christopher Nolan and Peter Jackson rely on Hans Zimmer and Howard Shore for iconic scores, both composers in turn hold parts of franchise iconography for iterations to come -- a matter thrown into relief lately with J.J. Abrams’ take on “Star Wars” and its musical direction.

Harrison Ford Reportedly Confirmed To Return As Han Solo In ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2013 10:51 AM
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As J.J. Abrams and company endeavor to keep the lid tightly sealed on whatever they're cooking up for "Star Wars: Episode VII," reading between the lines of reports over the past few months, it is starting to emerge that the lineage to the first trilogy of films will be pretty direct. Particularly is this bit of info turns out to be true.

William Shatner Calls J.J. Abrams "A Pig" For Taking On Both 'Star Trek' & 'Star Wars' Franchises

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 13, 2013 12:42 PM
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Walt Disney's decision to hire J.J. Abrams to direct "Star Wars: Episode 7" still has people talking, and rightly so. With one foot already in the rebooted "Star Trek" franchise, many wonder if he can make a distinctive enough "Star Wars" movie so that it isn't one mass Abrams-y sci-fi blob. Still others wish Disney would've selected any number of other talented people to kick off the next three sequels. And then there's William Shatner, whose feelings on the matter are made plain and clear.

Lawrence Kasdan Delicately Dances Around Quality Of 'Star Wars' Prequels; Says 'Spin-Offs' Will "Start Fresh"

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 11, 2013 2:44 PM
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"Star Wars" spin-off writers Lawrence Kasdan ("The Empire Strikes Back," "Raiders of the Lost Ark") and Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes," "X-Men: The Last Stand") recently spoke about "Star Wars: Episode VII" and the post-George Lucas universe moving forward and revealed...next to nothing. They feel a great responsibility towards the material, they're pleased Abrams is directing, yadda yadda yadda, and they wouldn’t confirm or deny whether these "spin-off" scripts would be starring established "Star Wars" characters or focusing on new ones. 

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