Ford, Fisher, Hamill in talks for new "Star Wars": source

LOS ANGELES Thu Mar 7, 2013 4:21pm EST

U.S. actor Harrison Ford poses for photographs as he arrives for the British premiere of ''Cowboys and Aliens'' at the O2 Arena in London August 11, 2011. REUTERS/Toby Melville

U.S. actor Harrison Ford poses for photographs as he arrives for the British premiere of ''Cowboys and Aliens'' at the O2 Arena in London August 11, 2011.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Star Wars" original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill are in talks to join the next installment of the science-fiction franchise, a person with knowledge of plans for the new film told Reuters on Thursday.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said lawyers had the contracts for all three actors and that an announcement would be made soon.

Representatives for Ford, who played Han Solo in the first three films, declined to comment.

Reuters was unable to reach representatives for Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker from 1977 to 1983.

Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the first "Star Wars" trilogy, got the rumor mills buzzing this week after saying she would reprise her role in the new film, due in theaters in 2015, in an interview with U.S. magazine Palm Beach Illustrated.

Fisher's spokeswoman, Carol Marshall, would not comment to Reuters on Fisher's involvement in the upcoming film.

Disney bought George Lucas' Lucasfilm company in October 2012 for $4.05 billion, and announced three new installments of the widely popular "Star Wars" franchise, which has grossed more than $4.4 billion at the global box office.

Fans of the franchise have been eager to know whether any of the original cast members would be back.

Bloomberg Businessweek on Thursday first reported in an interview with Lucas that the trio were in negotiations to join the new film.

Lucasfilm spokeswoman Lynn Hale was unable to confirm whether all three stars would be returning for "Star Wars: Episode VII."

The new film will be helmed by "Star Trek" director J.J. Abrams, and will be written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt.

(Reporting By Eric Kelsey and Ronald Grover, additional reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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Comments (5)
CrowdsGather wrote:
Oh, please! They are going to play the grandparents in the new one?!

Mar 07, 2013 5:00pm EST  --  Report as abuse
dibeanie wrote:
That’s what I was thinking. They’d have to have clone~ish grandkids to take on Star Wars business. These three are too old! I am not dissing old either… just remembering what Star Wars is all about!

Mar 07, 2013 5:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SeniorMoment wrote:
To be credible with the age of the original cast, any sequel made now would need to do as the Star Wars books have done and cast them as parents and grandparents with a new generation of actors playing the main action characters.

Mar 07, 2013 5:29pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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