With each passing day and every new revelation about "Star Wars: Episode VII," the uncertainty surrounding the returns of principal cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford seems to be a façade. While Lucasfilm hasn't officially announced that they'll be back, all signs point to their return, including a recent admission by George Lucas himself.
An in-depth article at Bloomberg Businessweek sheds some light on the process that Lucas went through when deciding to sell Lucasfilm over to Disney for $4 billion. Several fascinating tidbits are revealed, but the most relevant "Episode VII" bits involve Lucas discussing the return of the original trilogy's heroes, which he nonchalantly confirmed before suddenly becoming tight-lipped.
He claimed that he was already in contact with the stars before the sale ever went down, which backs up Mark Hamill's story from a few months ago. However, Lucas went one step further here and admitted that they had "already signed all three" or "were pretty much in final stages of negotiations." Catching himself, Lucas realized that he wasn't "supposed to say that" since Disney wants to "announce that with some big whoop-de-do," so he coyly suggested that he wouldn't reveal if the negotiations were successful or not.
It doesn't take a Hollywood insider to assume that those negotiations were likely successful. At this point, this trio's return for "Episode VII" is one of the industry's worst-kept secrets. Fisher herself has already confirmed that she'll be back, even if her representatives have repeatedly insisted that her comments have been made in jest.
Meanwhile, Latino Review has learned that Ford's return is all but imminent, and Hamill has admitted that all three actors have been in talks with Lucasfilm to reprise their most famous roles. Connecting all of these dots leads to the inevitable conclusion that the three will be back for at least one of the sequels in the upcoming trilogy.
Considering Lucas's hints, it seems like we can expect this to be a rather big announcement at some point later this year; what are the odds that Hall H will feature the world's most-anticipated "Star Wars" reunion at Comic-Con later this year? I'd say they're pretty high.
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