The news that Disney is acquiring Lucasfilm came as a surprise to most people, but apparently there were two original “Star Wars” cast members who were already in the know. George Lucas had talked at his future plans to stars Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher as early as last summer.
“He did tell us last summer about wanting to go on and do ‘VII,’ ‘VIII,’ and ‘IX’ and that [newly appointed Lucasfilm president] Kathleen Kennedy would be doing them,” Hamill tells Entertainment Weekly.
Apparently Hamill thought the lunch date Lucas asked them to was going to be about something else entirely: namely, Lucas’s impending retirement. But while we know Lucas is still on his way out, the topic of conversation was something much more surprising.
“Last August, he asked Carrie and I to have lunch with him, and we did,” Hamill says. “I thought he was going to talk about either his retirement or the ‘Star Wars’ TV series that I’ve heard about … So when he said, ‘We decided we’re going to do “Episodes VII,” “VIII,” and “IX,”‘ I was just gobsmacked. ‘What? Are you nuts?!'”
The 61-year-old figures Lucas wanted them to know “before everybody else knew” about the news, and admits that he has “mixed feelings” about Disney taking over. Still, it sounds like Hamill is a supporter of the future films, though he didn’t say if he’d be a part of them.
“They haven’t done badly by Marvel and the Muppets and Pixar,” says Hamill. “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.”