‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ — Jonathan Rhys Meyers Denies Rumors, Mark Hamill Starts Training
Lucasfilm and Disney will soon kick off production on ‘Star Wars: Episode 7‘ for release in 2015. Original players Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fischer (Princess Leia) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) are all, without official announcements, reportedly reprising their roles for the affair, but who are some of the new stars taking on this new trilogy? One person it seems it’s not is NBC’s new ‘Dracula,’ Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
Rhys Meyers and ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ director J.J. Abrams teamed up previously on ‘Mission: Impossible III,’ and a report surfaced earlier in the year claiming the duo would continue that relationship into ‘Star Wars.’ However, the actor recently spoke with EW, stating:
“Look, I’ve worked with J.J. … but I don’t believe rumors.”
“To be honest, I don’t watch many movies,” he continued. “There’s very, very few films that I will go to the cinema to see. I’ll go to the cinema to see anything by Paul Thomas Anderson or Nicholas Winding Refn or Mike Leigh or Steven Spielberg. But I don’t go to the cinema very often. I read a lot.”
Meanwhile, Robert Englund, better known as Freddie Kruger from ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ and a friend of Mark Hamill, spoke at the Nashville Comic Expo and said, “They’ve got Mark in the gym, because Mark’s coming back as Luke Skywalker. They’ve got him doing his sit-ups.”
George Lucas said the original trio were already signed on, “or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation,” while the new trilogy is said to involve the kids of Solo and Leia, and Skywalker. As more rumors will no doubt churn out and even more shot down, ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ will release on Christmas of 2015.