Mark Hamill talks Star Wars: Episode VII

Much of the talk surrounding Star Wars: Episode VII has revolved around the potential returns of Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill, although none of that trio have been officially confirmed as yet.

However, Hamill has revealed that he has had several meeting with both George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy, and while stopping short of confirming his involvement, he has said that Fisher is definitely on board.

“Part of me is cautious,” confides Hamill, “saying ‘let well enough alone, let everyone keep their nice memories if they have nice memories and don’t try to go back and do it again.’ But the other side of me, the adventurous side, thinks, ‘if everyone’s in, how could I miss this?’

“I want it to be age appropriate, so heavy on the Jedi mind tricks and lighten up on the lightsaber duels,” he continues. “Let the kids do the heavy lifting.”

Having spoken to Kennedy about how the series might progress, Hamill revealed that one of his concerns was that the new films should not be too dependent on CGI.

“There’s nothing wrong with CGI, but I think you have to have a balance because the camera perceives the width and the depth and the weight of a miniature or a model.”

However, it seems that the presence of Michael Arndt on screenwriting duties has convinced him that the next film will be one worth returning for.

“It always starts with the script,” says Hamill, “and that’s why I’m so encouraged by Michael Arndt’s involvement because I respect his writing so much. He’s a big fan of these movies, so hopefully we can make something that doesn’t make everyone want to find us, cut off our heads and throw it right in our faces.”

Directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: Episode VII is expected to arrive in UK cinemas in 2015.

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