In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Star Wars creator and recent seller, George Lucas discusses the whole process of transitioning his $4 billion empire to Disney. However, it was his comments on the status of the prospective return of the Original Trilogy cast that has lit some sparks.
The rumor mills for 2015's Star Wars Sequel Trilogy kick-off, Episode VII are churning beyond capacity, in fact, almost to the point of frustration. Indeed, the latest debacle with Carrie Fisher's supposed confirmation of her return followed by a bizarre retraction is a prime example of an atmosphere giving the impression that either the Disney/Lucasfilm coalition are trying way too hard to keep a tight lid on weak secrets or that someone amongst them just enjoys trolling the entertainment news cycles. For George Lucas, however, who has essentially washed his hands of the whole thing, his gig as a creative consultant may not constrain his words as much. When asked the inevitable question about the return of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher, Lucas implied that the deal was already done. (With the key word being "was."):
“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.”
Now, this COULD be taken as a "slip" of some kind regarding the status of the returning cast. However, it's important to keep in mind that Lucas has openly said in the past that mere months before Disney acquired the franchise last October, he was close to finalizing a deal to bring the Original Trilogy trifecta back for his proposed version of the sequel films. Yet, while circumstances have changed since then, those changes wouldn't seemingly affect their incentive (or lack thereof) to return. (Unless Disney planned on making Leia into CGI cyborg Sith who shoots lightsaber bullets out of her boobs.)
Certainly when the Sequel Trilogy films were announced, it was inevitable that the keepers of secrets would have the media chasing their own tails for a while. (Even the national media got hoodwinked by the Carrie Fisher story.) So, much like the other "unconfirmed, but likely true" rumors we've been hearing, we'll just have to keep investing in grains of salt with which to take this stuff. -- Yummy grains of salt, which, ironically enough, the interviewing publication's namesake may try to outlaw in New York City.