How could old Luke appear in Star Wars VII? Mark Hamill explains

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Feb 20, 2013, 12:56 PM EST

Rumors abound that the new Star Wars trilogy will bring some or all of the original characters back for another battle—and Luke Skywalker himself has an idea for how to make it all work.

Mark Hamill, who was at the center of the original Star Wars trilogy as young Jedi warrior Luke Skywalker, recently opened up about what he wants to see in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII

Hamill thinks the trilogy will focus on the children of original characters Luke, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher). As for Luke? Hamill thinks he can take over the sage old Jedi role, a la Obi-Wan Kenobi:

"I'm assuming, because I haven't talked to the writers, that these movies would be about our offspring -- like my character would be sort of in the Obi-Wan range [as] an influential character. … When I found out [while making the original trilogy] that ultimate good news/bad news joke – the good news is there's a real attractive, hot girl in the universe; the bad news is she's your sister – I thought, 'Well, I'm going to wind up like Sir Alec [Guinness]. I'm going to be a lonely old hermit living out in some kind of desert igloo with a couple of robots.’

Another thing I'd want to make sure of is are we going to have the whole gang back? Is Carrie and Harrison and Billy Dee and Tony Daniels, everybody that's around from the original [returning]? I want to make sure that everybody's on board here, rather than just one."

Hamill also has some other ideas for the epic return, and said he hopes Abrams will take a page from the original trilogy and go for more practical effects instead of pure CGI. You can add lens flare to models and painting, right?

"I said to George that I wanted to go back to the way it was, in the sense that ours was much more carefree and lighthearted and humorous – in my opinion, anyway....hope they find the right balance of CGI with practical effects. I love props, I love models, miniatures, matte paintings -- I'm sort of old school. I think if you go too far in the direction of CGI it winds up looking like just a giant a video game, and that's unfortunate. … If they listen to me at all, it'll be, 'Lighten up and go retro with the way it looks.'"

Hamill makes a lot of good points, and lineage has always been an important component in the Star Wars franchise. If you’re looking for the most organic way to revive the franchise, focusing on the next generation of Skywalkers and Solos would be the obvious move. 

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