Entertainment Weekly has a great exclusive with Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker in the original “Star Wars” trilogy) in which he comes clean that he and costar Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) learned about the upcoming sequels last year. Hit the jump to read more.
Here’s what Hamill told EW:
[George Lucas] did tell us last summer about wanting to go on and do [Episodes] VII, VIII, and IX, and that [newly appointed Lucasfilm president] Kathleen Kennedy would be doing them.
He went on to say the duo was a bit shocked at the news:
So when he said, “We decided we’re going to do Episodes VII, VIII, and IX,” I was just gobsmacked. “What? Are you nuts?!” [Laughs]
Hamill told EW he can see where fans can be split on this issue: Those that want the saga to remain as pure as it can be, and those who yearn for more movies. In regards to the Disney’s acquisition of LucasFilm:
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.
It’s not surprising this deal was at least a year in the making. Things like this need time to cultivate. I do appreciate that Lucas keeping in touch with and confiding with Hamill and Fisher, so that was cool to read. But I wonder how much they both know that they’re not talking about.