Is it possible that Star Wars: Episode VII might actually happen without Mark Hamill returning?
Up until now, it’s been a foregone conclusion that Hamill, along with Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), will be back as Luke Skywalker in director J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars sequel.
But during a recent appearance on David Letterman, Samuel L. Jackson (who played Jedi master Mace Windu in George Lucas’ prequel trilogy) let slip that Hamill hasn’t heard about the new film. Ewan McGregor, who was rumoured to return as Obi-Wan Kenobi, also hasn’t been contacted.
And Jackson is itching to return as Windu in Episode VII.
“I asked Mark if he’d heard from J.J. Abrams and he said, ‘No,’ and then all of a sudden, Ewan was there (in London) and I spoke to him on the phone, asked him if he was there doing Star Wars. He said, ‘No, they haven’t called me.’”
Jackson was filming Matthew Vaughn’s The Secret Service in London with Hamill, so you’d have to think that Star Wars would be a hot topic of discussion (though, if he had news to share, I doubt he’d do it on Letterman, without Disney and Abrams’ approval).
Jackson continued by making a joke: “I was thinking, maybe all three of us could just get together and go over to the Star Wars set and just stand around and see if maybe they could use some old Jedi! And then I heard on television they were auditioning people for Star Wars and I said, ‘Well, maybe we should just go through the auditions and see if we can get a job!’”
Open casting calls for the new film are going on right now – you can submit an audition online – and I would expect an official announcement soon.
And while I don’t think Jackson would reveal Star Wars details on a talk show, I do find it curious that we haven’t had any firm announcement on the return of castmembers from the original.
Abrams is no stranger to ruffling feathers when it comes to retooling beloved sci-fi favourites. While he used Leonard Nimoy’s Spock in 2009′s Star Trek and this year’s Into Darkness, he left William Shatner’s Captain Kirk out of the reboots.
Would you have a problem if Luke, Han and Leia were written out of Episode VII? Sound off in the comments.