Star Wars: Is Hamill too old for Luke Skywalker comeback?
Original cast in talks to return for seventh film – but fans ask if franchise is turning into 'Geriatric Wars'
THE ORIGINAL Star Wars cast are said to be in talks to return for a seventh film but fans are questioning whether the actors are too old to revive their action hero roles.
Mark Hamill, better known as Luke Skywalker, has revealed that he and his co-stars from the iconic trilogy are in talks to appear in the latest instalment of the franchise Star Wars VII, or in other spin-off films.
He told Entertainment Tonight: “They're talking to us. George [Lucas] wanted to know whether we'd be interested. He did say that if we didn't want to do it, they wouldn't cast another actor in our parts – they would write us out.”
Hamill said no contracts had been signed but he was waiting to meet with writer Michael Arndt and new LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy.
Fans took to the internet to express their excitement that Hamill would be picking up his light-saber once more. "I would love to see all the original cast (Luke, Leia, Han, Lando, Chewy, the 'bots) come back for cameo roles. That would be awesome!" wrote one fan on Rolling Stone. Another wrote: "Big news for all Star Wars fans. The Jedi might return after all!"
But several Star Wars enthusiasts have pointed out that Hamil – who, as Luke Skywalker, once destroyed the Death Star, duelled with Darth Vader and saved Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt – is now 61 years old.
With Harrison Ford potentially playing a 70-year-old Han Solo and Carrie Fisher a 56-year-old Princess Leia, one Tweeter asked if the franchise was turning into "Geriatric Wars". Another compared the prospect to seeing "Superman with a Zimmer-frame".
But at least one fan was sticking up for Hamill and the over-50s. "There's some kind of ageism in the 'I don't want to see my heroes look older' thing," commented a Guardian reader. "We all get older. Even Jedi."