Friday, February 22, 2013

Various items of Star Wars news, including new 80s pic of Carrie Fisher in her metal bikini, woo hoo!

From Slashfilm, in what I assume is a regular feature called Star Wars Bits:

Another day, another edition of Star Wars Bits. This week’s biggest news, so far, is the rumor that not only is Harrison Ford returning for Star Wars Episode VII, but that Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will too. Plus some combination of their kids (hopefully not Mark and Carrie’s) may be the protagonists of the film. Of course, this is about as good an educated guess as one could make considering all the facts, but now it comes from an actual source.

Last week, a well-sourced rumor circulated that Harrison Ford was definitely returning for Star Wars Episode VII to reprise his role as Han Solo. That pretty much went along with every other rumor we’ve heard about the J.J. Abrams directed film but, of course, there’s still no official work on anything from Disney or Lucasfilm.

In response to the rumor, respected journalist Roger Friedman of Showbiz 411, wrote the following:

"I was told some time ago that Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill would be reprising their roles in Episode 7. Obviously this new movie won’t pick up where “Return of the Jedi” ended. It’s some time in the future. Han, Princess Leia (with a presumably better hairstyle), and Luke Skywalker will be a lot older. Their children will be the new main characters. R2D2 and C-3PO will be unchanged, I would guess. since they are not human. But suffice to say, the three main actors are definitely coming back."

As I stated above, considering we know George Lucas spoke to Hamill and Fisher about the series, and that Ford has been contacted, plus the events are taking place after Return of the Jedi, the idea of the film being about their kids is easy to believe in. So while this is a rumor, it’s also an educated guess. The actual interesting bit is that this journalist was told “some time ago” that was the direction the story was going in. Whether or not the addition of Abrams, screenwriter Michael Ardnt or others has changed that, remains to be seen.

The joke these days is it’s probably more interesting to report on who doesn’t want to be in Star Wars Episode VII than who does. But when the interested party in question is a cast member of the original trilogy, it holds a bit more weight. Yahoo UK caught up with Jeremy Bulloch, the actor who played Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and – not surprisingly – he was extremely enthusiastic about coming back either for Episode VII or a Boba Fett spin-off.

Speaking to Moviefone, Jack the Giant Slayer director Bryan Singer said he felt his co-star, Nicholas Hoult, would be a great young Han Solo if a spin-off movie comes to life.

"I literally would not be surprised if something like that happened. I almost said something to Nick today about it, like, 'You know, I wouldn’t be surprised if you find yourself in one of those.' But I have no idea, even though I’m working with Simon Kinberg every day and he is involved with that franchise, I have no information about that. It’s just my own intuition."

Geekrest (via Comic Book Movie) somehow found this behind the scenes shot of Carrie Fisher in Return of the Jedi – one that most people probably haven’t seen before.

Finally, a huge thanks to for the awesome Bad Robot Jedi image at the top.

[Octo:] I didn't include all the bits, so if you want to see more go here.


Octopunk said...

Just when I thought Bryan Singer's stock couldn't dip any further, he pulls out a nonsensica use of the word "literally." I'm not saying he misuses it, as happens always these days (my favorite being a caucasian woman who said of her ability to tan "I literally turn black.") But saying "I would literally not be surprised" is no different from saying "I would not be surprised." There's nothing figurative or allegorical in the term "be surprised." Also, since Superman Returns, I kind of assume Singer is sleeping with his leads, which isn't technically fair but I think it anyway.

And Jeremy Bulloch is probably dreaming. Sorry.

Octopunk said...

Hmm, I could be wrong about that last bit. I see they gave him some action in Sith. Well, good luck original Boba! Always liked you better.