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Watch: What Mark Hamill Said About Luke Skywalker's Role In 'Star Wars: Episode 7' 29 Years Ago

by Kevin Jagernauth
November 3, 2012 2:36 PM
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Given the hoopla arond Disney's announcement of a new trilogy of "Star Wars" films, it's no surprise that fans are digging into the vast archives of tidbits George Lucas and co. have given to press about the series over the past thirty-plus years. While Lucas himself has been cagey with the press -- both confirming and denying that there are more stories to tell in that universe over the years -- around the release of "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi" in 1983, Mark Hamill was under the impression that there were going to be three trilogies.

Thanks to the magic of the internet, an interview he did with Maria Shriver (that hair!) just two days before 'Jedi' hit theaters finds him somewhat confirming that Lucas was already planning a new trilogy of movies, that would be made/released around 2004. Well, with the prequel series "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" coming out first in 1999, obviously Hamill wasn't involved, but it seems the story for "Star Wars: Episode VII" has always been banging around.

He tells Shriver (somewhat cagily), that Luke Skywalker would return, however, it would be on "another plane of existence" or "not the same character." He declines to say anymore for fear of revealing "sensitive material," but he does add that C-3PO and R2-D2 would be the only characters featured across all three trilogies.

So, whether or not that story has stayed the same or not remains to be seen, but it certainly adds some weight to the news that Lucas met with Hamill and Carrie Fisher to let them know about the upcoming trilogy before it was announced to the press. Thoughts? Watch the interview and let us know below. [io9]

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  • Tommy | November 14, 2012 5:36 PMReply

    What's with the two naked people at the very very end of the clip?

  • lil | November 10, 2012 1:48 AMReply

    YES! Bring back the original trio in some capacity and I will be the fist in line. Heck, I'll camp out of the theater - something I haven't done in gazillion years! Bring back Han, Luke and Leia!

  • Tom | November 4, 2012 2:15 AMReply

    I can beleive that they could have them in the first film as a transition in their younger children. I think if the story is done right, It would work.

  • lisa | November 4, 2012 12:27 AMReply

    I LIKE

  • dsvfgdg | November 3, 2012 11:45 PMReply

    great find.

  • sam | November 3, 2012 7:21 PMReply

    it was always Episodes 1-9. Lucas just started in the middle because it was the most "interesting" act of a story - the middle. hasn't this always been common knowledge?

  • Bill | November 5, 2012 7:40 AM


    From the release of the very first STAR WARS movie Lucas talked about the whole thing being a 9 part series of 3 films per trilogy. Then it seems when PHANTOM MENACE was released, for some reason he changed his story to there only being 6.

  • Purrrrcy | November 3, 2012 3:16 PMReply

    Go cardinals

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