It was previously said that Harrison Ford was rumored to have signed on to the new Star Wars, and then it came out that he didn't, and that it may take months.
Following that, Mark Hamill said the three originals were in talks to reprise for Star Wars Episode VII.
Most recently, Carrie Fisher confirmed she will be returning, but then her reps said she was only joking, and retracted the statement.
The latest comes from Geore Lucas via Business Week who seems to confirm they have been signed, but then says they were in negotiations and won't confirm.
Asked whether members of the original Star Wars cast will appear in Episode VII and if he called them before the deal closed to keep them informed, Lucas says, “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.”
From that, it sounds like all three were just about signed and then they were informed of the pending Disney deal and may have had to re-negotiate, with it more than likely that they are, indeed, signed.
Star Wars Episode VII has a 2015 release date directed by J.J. Abrams.
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