Luke Skywalker Talks New ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy

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According to Entertainment Weekly, actor Mark Hamill who famously played Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, recently sat down with Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and George Lucas for lunch and discussed the future of the Star Wars series. For those who don’t know, LucasFilm recently sold their company to Disney. Disney will now be producing the Star Wars VII, VIII, and IX. Those films have been rumored to have treatments for a very long time, and now they are becoming a reality. Mark let EW in on his thoughts about that conversation, the new movies, and the selling to Disney, and since it’s coming from the leading man of the original trilogy, we think at UTG HQ this is definitely worth noting.

Personally, I don’t disagree with Mark. I think it’s kinda murky and until I see where they want to go with the new films I’ll reserve my judgement. It immediately made me upset, depressed, pissed off, sad again, then I tried to look at the positives. My best friend Keenan is really keeping a positive outlook about this (I don’t know how, although I know deep down he’s super nervous about it), so until I hear more I’m going to try to do the same.

You can check out what Mark Hamill had to say after the break, but let UTG know in the comments your thoughts about the new trilogy: is this something we should be excited about or dreading?

I had no idea that George was going to sell to Disney until I read it online like everybody else. He did tell us last summer about wanting to go on and do [EpisodesVII, VIII, and IX, and that [newly appointed Lucasfilm president] Kathleen Kennedy would be doing them. He seems to be in a really good place. He’s really happy. And that’s nice because I know that when we were making the movies, he was not a jolly guy on set. [Laughs] I always felt badly for him because he agonizes over details, and I’m sure after imagining it in his head for so many years, to see it realized — he’d look up and just hang his head and groan. Harrison [Ford], Carrie [Fisher], and I were always trying to cheer him up and joke him out of his doom and gloom. I missed his call yesterday, but I spoke to him maybe three weeks ago. But until we know more, it’s hard to make any comment other than congratulations to George.

Yeah, last August, he asked Carrie and I to have lunch with him and we did. I thought he was going to talk about either his retirement or the Star Wars TV series that I’ve heard about — which I don’t think we were going to be involved in anyway, because that takes place between the prequels and the ones we were in and, if Luke were in them, he’d be anywhere from a toddler to a teenager so they’d get an age-appropriate actor — or the 3-D releases. So when he said, “We decided we’re going to do Episodes VIIVIII, and IX,” I was just gobsmacked. “What? Are you nuts?!” [Laughs] 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. It’s one of those things: people either just don’t care for it or are passionate about it. I guess that defines what cult movies are all about. We’ll see. I’m anxious to know what’s going on, but the main story [yesterday] was the sale to Disney. I have mixed feelings about that, but they haven’t done badly by Marvel and the Muppets and Pixar. It’s one of those big decisions that at first seems unusual but then the more you look at it, the more it makes sense.

He was just talking about writers and the fact that he wouldn’t be directing. I guess he wanted us to know before everybody else knew. He said, “Now you can’t tell anybody!” [Laughs] Even now I’m nervous about saying anything. I just don’t know!

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  • I’m excited about it. In my opinion the Marvel movies got much much better after Disney bought out Marvel. And to me, more Star Wars can only be a good thing. Episodes 1,2,3 don’t set the bar very high so Disney should be able to release a better trilogy than that no problem.

  • I agree totally with the point about Marvel, I just don’t know how I feel about expanding more. It could be really interesting, but there is a part of me that just wants it to stay in history and let me remember it for how it was.

  • I totally forgot about Marvel being bought out by Disney, this might change my mind on this whole buyout.