George Lucas reveals original ‘Star Wars’ cast on board for ‘Episode VII’

Posted: March 7, 2013 in Movies

Loose lips sink ships?  Isn’t the old saying?  Well, if George Lucas is to be believed, his ‘loose lips’ have ‘sunk’ Disney’s proverbial ship.  Hot on the heels of Carrie Fisher’s admittance and subsequent redactment that she will be in Star Wars Episode VII, the franchise’s creator – George Lucas – has revealed that all of the original Star Wars cast members are on board for Episode VII.

In a recent article featured in Business Week about Disney’s acquisition of LucasFilm and the Star Wars franchise, Lucas himself stated that before the company was sold there were already plans in place to go forward with a new SW trilogy.  Lucas also stated that negotiations had already begun with Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford to reprise their roles in the new films.   It’s all but certain that Lucas made sure that those negotiations continued once Disney purchased the company.

The article also revealed that Disney’s Bob Iger and George Lucas met one morning in 2011 at a Disney restaurant before the grand opening of Star Tours and the prospect of selling LucasFilms came up.  Lucas stated that he wasn’t prepared to sell the company just yet, but told Iger he would let him know when he was and that it could be “soon”.  The rest is history as Disney purchased LucasFilms late last year for a reported $4 billion.

The article reveals how difficult it was for George Lucas to step away from LucasFilm and the Star Wars franchise.  How Lucas was so reluctant to hand over his written plans for the new Star Wars franchise that he made Disney brass sign a NDA.  Kathleen Kennedy is now the mastermind behind Star Wars at Disney with J.J. Abrams directing Episode VII with a reported 2015 release date.

Via CinemaBlend



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