‘Star Wars: Episode VII’: Mark Hamill Talks About The Cast, Ford’s Injury, and More

By July 25, 2014

As Comic-Con rages on in San Diego, one major film franchise – arguably the world’s largest – won’t be taking place in all of the insanity: Star Wars. Sure, there’s a small presence for the new show “Star Wars: Rebels,” but Disney doesn’t have a panel this year, and there’s not really an ideal place even for a quick video message from J.J. Abrams. We may end up with something along those lines before the weekend is done, but I wouldn’t count on it – Disney has their own D23 convention in Anaheim that they’re trying to turn into a must-attend event, and debuting Star Wars footage there seems like the perfect way to really get that on the map as one of the biggest conventions of the year.

But even though Star Wars won’t be at this year’s Comic-Con, one of its stars is still bringing us some news from a country far, far away. The BBC caught up with Mark Hamill on the red carpet of the London premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy, and he spoke about returning for Episode VII, Harrison Ford’s injury, and more. Check out some choice quotes below:

On returning to the character of Luke Skywalker over 30 years later:

It was certainly unexpected. I already had a beginning, middle and end. I never thought we’d come back. To go on to those sets that evoked so many memories…it is just astonishing.

On Harrison Ford’s injury:

I was not on set. It was really terrible but I hear he’s doing really well. It will take more than that to stop Harrison Ford.

On reuniting with Ford and Fisher:

It was fantastic. Again – I thought even if they did a third trilogy, we wouldn’t be involved, because it is really about the new generation of characters. We are just there to lend our support and grow contractually obligated beards.

On the new cast members:

These kids – they are not kids – but they are so talented. They are also diverse. There are people I recognise like Andy Serkis and new people that I’ve never seen before like Daisy Ridley. But they are so good. I’m thinking of asking them for advice. I don’t want to give any myself!

On missing Comic-Con this year:

I did do a video with Matthew Vaughn for Kingsman: Secret Service, which I have a small part in. It’s one of the first Con’s I’ve missed in years because I’ve been the Joker since 1992 in animation. I’m a comic book nerd myself so I miss all you guys! Hopefully I’ll be back next year.

Sounds like Hamill is enjoying being back in the Jedi mindset, and we can’t wait to see what J.J. Abrams has cooked up for us when Star Wars: Episode VII debuts on December 18th, 2015.

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