While we’re on the topic of geriatric performers, the Guardian claims that “Mark Hamill [is] set for talks to reprise Luke Skywalker“:
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Mark Hamill was plucked from obscurity to play the lead in one of the most popular film franchises of all time. Now the actor looks set to wield his lightsabre once again, after confirming that he is set to have talks to reprise his role as Luke Skywalker in the series of films planned by Disney, the new owner of the Star Wars universe.
Hamill, 61, played the farmhand turned Jedi knight in the first three Star Wars films to be released, between 1977 and 1983.
In comments that will doubtless whet the appetites of the films’ legions of fans, the actor told the ET Online website: “They’re talking to us. George [Lucas] wanted to know whether we’d be interested. He did say that if we didn’t want to do it, they wouldn’t cast another actor in our parts – they would write us out.”
The confirmation that he may appear in the series follows widespread rumours that Harrison Ford, now 70, who played gunslinger Han Solo, was also in negotiations to appear in the new series. Hamill’s use of the word “we” implies that the talks could include others from the original films’ cast, which also included Carrie Fisher, 56, who played Princess Leia….
Okay, I’m prejudiced: I loathed the first Star Wars movie, and managed to avoid the rest of them until the one where Darth Vader dies horribly. (The Spousal Unit persuaded me to go with him on the pretext that I’d never have to do it again. No, I didn’t believe him, but every longterm relationship requires compromises.) Mine was a minority opinion in 1977, and there’s at least one generation since then that considers SW as a pillar of fond childhood memories, like the Wizard of Oz. Too also, I liked J.J. Abram’s Star Trek reboot a lot better than I expected. But if this isn’t just an out-of-work actor trying to hype his own chances, I hope The Original Skywalker has a voice-only role, because even Disney can’t afford enough CGI to make Hamill look anything but geriatric.