Original Stars to Appear in Star Wars VII

Bloomberg Businessweek has an extended account of how Disney made the deal to purchase Lucasfilm and its Star Wars franchise. They spoke to George Lucas about the timeline of the negotiations and his retirement plans, and then, on the fifth page, Lucas let the cat out of the bag.  

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.”

So when Lucas announced a few years ago that he was finished with Star Wars movies, he wasn't exactly finished with Star Wars movies. Maybe now, with $4 billion, he can afford to retire. Link -via USA Today

PS: A statement from Lucasfilm said:

Even though there are a few reports out there about casting for Episode VII, we are not making any announcements at this time. As Yoda said, "Always in motion is the future."

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Just one of the illogical parts of that third movie. Even in the belly of the Sarlacc, you would die long before the thousand years was up. I imagine you'd die of asphyxiation in a few minutes. What does the rest of the time matter?
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They ought to bring back Boba Fett. As I recall, it takes the Sarlacc a thousand years to digest somebody. If his stomach acid is really that weak, Boba Fett had plenty of time to crawl safely away.
Peanut butter is more corrosive than Sarlacc acid.
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