When rumors erupted that Harrison Ford will return as Han Solo in "Star Wars: Episode VII," it was only a matter of time until co-stars Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher made their way into headlines. They've done just that, as new rumors indicate that the duo will also be back for the upcoming sequel trilogy.
According to Showbiz 411, both Hamill and Fisher will join Ford to complete the reunion for Luke, Leia, and Han. The report also goes on to indicate that the new films "obviously" won't pick up from "Return of the Jedi" and will instead take place "some time in the future."
Furthermore, instead of making the original trio the focus of the new trilogy, the next set of films will revolve around that generation's children, who will be "the main characters."
As always, it's best to treat this as an unsubstantiated rumor; however, if Ford returns as Han Solo, it almost feels like a given that Hamill and Fisher will be back, especially since George Lucas divulged his plans to them back in the fall before selling Lucasfilm to Disney.
The rest of the report seems a bit more shaky; while the "Star Wars" Expanded Universe novels have focused on the Solo and Skywalker children, there has been no indication that "Episode VII" screenwriter Michael Arndt will follow that lead. In fact, there's nothing that's indicated that Luke Skywalker himself won't be at the center of all three films, and the notion of passing the torch to the next generation is a huge assumption at this point.
For the moment, it's best to treat all "Episode VII" news as speculation, and things might even get more secretive with J.J. Abrams at the helm. His next film, "Star Trek Into Darkness," will be in theaters in less than three months, and he's still managed to withhold the true identity of the film's villain.
Past "Star Wars" shoots have been much less covert, so it'll be interesting to see just how much information is revealed over the course of the next two years as "Episode VII" prepares for a 2015 release.