Mark Hamill was shocked when Star Wars Episode VII announced that all of the originals were coming back thirty seven years after they achieved success with the first Star Wars film. Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the franchise is returning under J.J. Abrams’ direction.
Visiting BBC News, Hamill explained his shock even as production is getting underway:
“I never thought we’d come back. I still can’t believe it’s happening. To go on to those sets that evoke so many memories, is just astonishing. I have real ties to this country [England], my son was born when we were making ‘Empire Strikes Back’… it just seems like an unexpected gift.”
So far the only big story to come out of the filming is Harrison Ford’s injury, which happened on set of the new Star Wars film. Ford, who has made his return as Han Solo, broke his leg while shooting. Although Hamill wasn’t present during the shoot, he said that he’s doing well.
“It sounded terrible, but I hear he’s doing really well. It’ll take more than that to stop Harrison Ford.”
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As for the new cast, which includes the likes of Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Adam Driver, and Lupita Nyong’o, Mark Hamill gives the new guys credit. Talking about the fresh perspective that the franchise’s originator George Lucas turned over to J.J. Abrams, Hamill said:
“It’s really about the new generation of characters, we are just there to lend our support and grow contractually obligated beards. These kids… they are so talented, I was just overwhelmed.”
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Always staying humble Mark admitted that he may just have a thing or two to learn from the new cast.
“They are also diverse. There are people I recognize like Andy Serkis and new people I’d never seen before. But they are so good, I am thinking about asking them for advice.”
As for his thoughts on J.J. Abrams, Hamill said:
“[JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan] have done a great job in writing a script where you immediately understand where these people are and relate to them.”
Star Wars Episode VII hits theaters on December 18, 2015.
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