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Carrie Fisher confirms her “Star Wars: Episode VII” return

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Carrie Fisher has made her return to the “Star Wars” franchise official. After stating her interest back in November, the woman who plays Princess Leia has said she’ll reprise the role in the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VII.”

Palm Beach Illustrated recently asked Fisher, “Disney is going to continue the ‘Star Wars’ saga, producing movies set to hit theaters starting in 2015. Can you confirm whether you’ll reprise the role of Princess Leia?” Her answer? A simple, “Yes.”

Disney has not yet confirmed this news, so it can’t be considered officially official until that point. Still, Fisher has been a longtime supporter of the “Star Wars” movies and it wouldn’t come as much of a surprise for her to take this part. As she said before, “Wouldn’t you?”

Fisher isn’t the only original “Star Wars” actor considering a return to the franchise. Harrison Ford is rumored to be returning for “Episode VII,” and Mark Hamill recently said he’s in talks to come back as Luke Skywalker.

“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,” he said. At the time, Hamill stated that neither he, Ford nor Fisher had signed any contracts with Disney.

Michael Arndt is writing the script for “Star Wars: Episode VII” and J.J. Abrams is directing it. The movie is slated for a 2015 release. Disney has also confirmed that spinoff “Star Wars” movies are in the works.

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15 That ’70s Show Quotes to Help You Unleash Your Inner Jackie

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When life gets you down, just ask yourself: what would Jackie do? (But don’t ask her, because she doesn’t care about your stupid problems.) Before you catch That ’70s Show on IFC, take a look at some quotes that will help you be the best Jackie you can be.


15. She knows her strengths.

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14. She doesn’t let a little thing like emotions get in the way.

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13. She’s her own best friend.

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12. She has big plans for her future.

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11. She keeps her ego in check.

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10. She can really put things in perspective.

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9. She’s a lover…

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8. But she knows not to just throw her love around.

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7. She’s proud of her accomplishments.

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6. She knows her place in the world.

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5. She asks herself the hard questions.

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4. She takes care of herself.

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3. She’s deep.

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2. She’s a problem solver.

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1. And she’s always modest.

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Mark Wahlberg once almost starred in “Star Trek”

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Just like J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” started the Trek franchise off in a new alternate universe, there is a different world out there where the director cast Mark Wahlberg as Captain Kirk’s father instead of Chris Hemsworth. As Wahlberg admitted in a recent interview, he was originally approached to play the role of George Kirk.

“I remember him asking me to play Captain Kirk’s father in ‘Star Trek,'” he remembered to Total Film. “I tried to read the script, but I couldn’t even — I didn’t understand the words or dialogue or anything, and I said, ‘I couldn’t do this. I think you’re really talented but I couldn’t do it.’ Then I saw the movie and I was like, ‘Holy shit, he did a great job.'”

Wahlberg continued, “I probably wouldn’t pass up an opportunity to work with J.J. again, so if he wanted me to do something that I couldn’t fully understand, I would probably give it a shot.” “Star Wars: Episode VII,” anyone?

The role of George Kirk eventually ended up going to Chris Hemsworth, who then went on to take the title role in “Thor.” Now he’s an Avenger and a global superstar, so we doubt he or Abrams are complaining about the way things turned out. Wahlberg, on the other hand…

“Star Trek Into Darkness” is directed by J.J. Abrams and stars Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban, John Cho and Bruce Greenwood. Newcomers Alice Eve and Benedict Cumberbatch have been added in undisclosed roles. The film is slated to hit theaters on May 17 in IMAX and 3D. It’s been revealed that over 40 minutes of “Star Trek Into Darkness” will be shown in IMAX.

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Mark Hamill confirms he’s in conversations to return in “Star Wars: Episode VII”

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Mark Hamill has finally shared his thoughts on the ever-expanding “Star Wars” universe.

During a conversation with “Entertainment Tonight” (via /Film), Hamill confirmed that he is in conversations with Kathleen Kennedy at Lucasfilm about reprising his role as an older Luke Skywalker. He also made it very clear that he is not officially signed on at this point in time.

“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,” Hamill said.

He claimed that no contracts have been signed between Disney and himself, Carrie Fisher or Harrison Ford, despite reports to the contrary. Hamill said that everyone involved is still making sure having the original actors would be right for the movie.

“I can tell you right away that we haven’t signed any contracts,” Hamill said. “We’re in the stage where they want us to go in and meet with Michael Arndt, who is the writer, and Kathleen Kennedy, who is going to run Lucasfilm. Both have had meetings set that were postponed — on their end, not mine. They’re more busy than I am.”

Hamill had his own very clear ideas of how he wants the new “Star Wars” movies to be treated. He didn’t like the direction the prequel trilogy went, and he also wants to make sure that if one original actor is coming back then they all are.

“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,” he said. “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. I guess I’ll have to tune into your show to figure out who’s on board.”

As for what the movies will be about, his guess is as good as ours — literally. ” 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.”

Michael Arndt is writing the script for “Star Wars: Episode VII” and J.J. Abrams is directing it. The movie is slated for a 2015 release. Disney has also confirmed that spinoff “Star Wars” movies are in the works.

Would you like to see Hamill and the other original actors return? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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