On the heels of the revelation by Carrie Fisher that she plans to reprise Princess Leia when a new “Star Wars” movie makes its way to the big screen, “Star Wars” creator George Lucas is saying the rest of the main cast from the original trilogy is also on board.
NBC News reports: “Lucas went and told Bloomberg Businessweek that, even before Lucasfilm was sold to Disney for more than $4 billion, ‘we had already signed Mark [Hamill] and Carrie and Harrison[Ford] — or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation.’”
The Bloomberg report adds that Lucas then paused and said: "Maybe I’m not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them. I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not."
The NBC News piece adds: “But count on the folks at Wired and CNet and other interested parties to pick up on that one exchange out of the middle of a massive article about deal-making and the future of the ‘Star Wars’ franchise.
“And despite the attempt at backtracking, this does mark the first time anyone has used the word ‘signed’ when it comes to Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill, let alone all three in one sentence, and the upcoming seventh film in the saga.”
Disney plans to release the next “Star Wars” movie in 2015, with J.J. Abrams directing and Academy Award winner Michael Arndt writing the screenplay.