Original cast members (L-R) Billy Dee Williams, Harrison Ford and Peter Mayhew, together with actor Ewan McGregor, who starred in "Star Wars: Episodes I-III", attend a screening commemorating the 30th anniversary of "Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back" in Hollywood May 19, 2010. (Photo : REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT))
Billy Dee Williams could be the latest member from the original Star Wars trilogy cast to return for "Episode 7."
According to a number of reports, Williams "has been asked [to return], but hasn't decided if he is going to do it or not yet." Williams' participation was rumored last winter in a report by Movie Hole. When asked if he wanted to return, Williams replied "I suppose so."
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His interest is clearly less certain than that of other Star Wars thespians. Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher have repeated stated that they are interested in return; other actors that have also expressed a desire to appear in the new Star Wars movie include Ewan McGregor, Peter Mayhew, Frank Oz, Samuel L. Jackson, and Warwick Davis.
Franchise creator George Lucas recently confirmed the return of the original trilogy characters and stated that "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."
Hamill also stated that "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. ... I can tell you right away that we haven't signed any contracts. 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."
The film is slated for a tentative 2015 release and will be directed by JJ Abrams.