In a new feature from Businessweek, George Lucas more or less admits that Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher are indeed reprising their roles for the new movies. In fact, the deal’s been done for a while now:
Asked whether members of the original Star Wars cast will appear in Episode VII and if he called them before the deal closed to keep them informed, Lucas says, “We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison—or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation. So I called them to say, ‘Look, this is what’s going on.’ ” He pauses. “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.” Then he adds: “I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not.”
Fantastic news and a fantastic article. Definitely give it a read.