Mark Hamill's life changed when he was cast as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars way back in the 1970s. Now, more than 35 years later, he will be returning to the franchise that made him a household name. Mark was recently at the Capetown Film Festival and he spoke about meetings he's had about the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII as well as his thoughts on the Star Wars prequels.
In regards to the new series, all Hamill will say is, "I’ve only had one creative meeting about the new films, but I do remember saying: ‘We’ve got to find a proper balance between CGI and old-school models.’ I want to have a more organic look so that we don’t get into Roger Rabbit territory.”
Although the Star Wars prequels were widely criticized, Mark defends them, saying, "Jar Jar was supposed to be irritating! He’s irritating to the other characters in the movie! Those aren’t sorta the movies he [Lucas] wanted them to be, they’re exactly the movies they wanted to make. And I’m not gonna criticize them at all.”
Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by JJ Abrams and currently has a tentative release date of summer 2015, although Abrams has said that could change.