The big news: OK, prepare to either cheer in fanboy ecstasy or scream in agony.
Carrie Fisher, the original Princess Leia, has confirmed that she will be returning to the big screen with Star Wars: Episode VII with Harrison Ford as Han Solo and Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker. And according to new director JJ Abrams (who breathed new life into Star Trek) and Empire Strikes Back screenwriter Lawerence Kasdan, the script was recently finished.
With rumors flying wild, this is one of the few confirmed things fans can know about Episode VII — and with George Lucas not at the helm only on board as a writer, perhaps Abrams can whip the original crew into making a original trilogy sequel fans can finally be proud of.
(Don't get your hopes up ...)
When: Fisher's confirmation was buried deep in an article on TV Guide about her upcoming guest appearances on FXX's Legit and CBS' Big Bang Theory, which reported "she, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill are expected to report to work in March or April."
"I’d like to wear my old [cinnamon buns] hairstyle again — but with white hair. I think that would be funny," she told TV Guide.
Fisher has reportedly "jokingly" confirmed on two other occasions in the past few years that she would soon appear in a Star Wars movie, so maybe take this one with a grain of salt.
Still, if it's really true, it would be the first time the trio have appeared on screen together since Return of the Jedi. A long time indeed.
Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher pic.twitter.com/8aPsjdkX33— History In Pictures (@HistoryInPics) January 22, 2014
Carrie Fisher and her stunt double Tracey Eddon sunbathing while on a break from filming Return of the Jedi. pic.twitter.com/O4YOLRYgLa— Behind the Scenes (@BehindScenesPic) January 22, 2014
Mixed reactions: Fans are already fighting on Twitter about the casting choice. From the negative:
Carrie Fisher says she, Ford, and Hamill will be in the new Star Wars. Sounds like a terrible idea! Well, the screenwriter is, too, so...— Brent Schauer (@brentbs) January 22, 2014
Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill are confirmed to be in the new Star Wars, how on earth is this going to work?— Matt Inman (@MattInman93) January 22, 2014
To the positive:
Carrie Fisher confirms appearance in Star Wars: Ep. VII along w/ Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill. OMG OMG OMG http://t.co/8bmuwaN94w— MJ Schindler (@mjschindler) January 22, 2014
Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are gonna return for episode VII, it's gonna be sick!— Arun Bird (@bluroasis_) January 22, 2014
That nerd scream you heard was me reading an interview with Carrie Fisher that the big three will be starting work on SW in March or April.— bee gee three (@beegeethree) January 22, 2014
Personally, I side with this guy.
So Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are returning for the new Star Wars flick. Forgetting someone? pic.twitter.com/7S3kW7IDGM— Rob Tornoe (@RobTornoe) January 22, 2014
Can we at least get another Colt 45 ad?