“I’m not surprised but totally geeked by the idea of there being more ‘Star Wars’. It’s like, okay, Obi-Wan was dead when episode four started, so maybe everyone thinks I’m dead and we’ll find out what happened to Mace Windu.”
In a red carpet interview with E! News this last Friday during the Spike VGAs, Samuel L. Jackson said “Hell yeah!” he would return to reprise his role as fan favorite and BAMF (Bad A** Mother F’er) Jedi Master Mace Windu for Episode VII if asked. He even has an explanation of how Windu could return to the fold with, “I can come back as one-armed or a one-handed Jedi that’s still around that didn’t actually die. I could do that or be a ghost hologram. I don’t care, I just want to stay associated with the franchise. Not that I won’t because I’ve been in three of them.”
Not a farfetched idear as Ewan McGregor (a.k.a. young Obi-Wan Kenobi) told Access Hollywood he’s down to be in Episode VII with a simple yet definitive “If they need me, I’ll be there.”
Although MOST of us know that Obi-Wan buys the farm in Episode IV, he is seen and heard as a ghostly mentor for V and VI; which could feasibly happen again in VII.
As far as the original regime goes, let’s see what up with that (so far):
While Mark Hamill is psyched for the latest installment, he’s not committed to anything. While on the red carpet for his latest film, Sushi Girl, he told E! News (speaking for himself and former SW co-star Carrie Fisher a.k.a. Princess Leia) “We have questions about it. And really, they’re not even at the stage where they’re able to answer those questions because, as far as I know, is there a story yet?”
When asked (if not him) who he could see taking over as Skywalker, he said “If they were going to do a story where Luke was too young or too old for me to play, they would get an age-appropriate actor. There’s so many good people.” but didn’t throw out any names (clever girl).
Carrie Fisher kinda pulled a fast one on the internet when asked if she would be a part of Episode VII at a book signing, she said “Yes, I thought it was already common knowledge.”
But because some fanboys and fangirls still haven’t quite grasped the concept of dry humor (especially from someone who most likely is asked about Star Wars EVERY DAY of her life), this was taken as scripture and exploded all over the internet until it was confirmed that Fisher was indeed kidding…but this doesn’t mean she won’t be in it!
While Harrison Ford himself has yet to publicly say anything, a source has said “Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it, all three of them are (referring to he, Hamill and Fisher).”
Because of on-going rumors of Luke, Leia and Han having some part in the trilogy including speculation that Episode VII could revolve around Jacen Solo (Han and Leia’s son) as he feels the power of the Dark Side and becomes a Sith Lord, this could be what brings Ford back into the fold. Because as a character, Han, as Ford said in a 2010 interview, “was not to interesting to me.”
Well, if those three come back…does this mean we get the ORIGINAL BAMF as well?
When asked by TMZ at a gas station of all places while buying an Icee (seriously TMZ, give people some space) if he’d return as the former Millennium Falcon owner and all-around rogue Lando Calrissian, he said “I suppose so…”
(I’m also imagining that he said that in that silky smooth Colt 45 voice)
As far as the debate goes as to whether the franchise should continue, Hamill says “I can see both sides of it. Because in a way, there was a beginning, a middle, and an end and we all lived happily ever after and that’s the way it should be — and it’s great that people have fond memories, if they do have fond memories. But on the other hand, there’s this ravenous desire on the part of the true believers to have more and more and more material.”
Well, we can keep on speculating and debating because the film itself is still in pre-production and isn’t scheduled for release until 2015 so don’t start camping out in front of your local movie house just yet, kids.
But Jackson is quite aware of the impact Star Wars has had on the world and what it means to fans. Jackson says of the beloved (and sometimes polarizing) franchise:
“I just always loved it. I always loved the idea of it, that there’s this whole civilization out there somewhere else that’s just as much fun and different and diverse and wild as we are.”
That, my friends, is the mark of a true fanboy. Go on with your bad self, Mr Jackson; hopefully we’ll see you in Ep VII!
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