As any fan of "Star Wars" will tell you, The Force can do a lot of cool things. It can levitate objects, choke people from a distance, give you strange insight into the whereabouts of long lost relatives and cause lightning to shoot from your fingers if you're not careful. But there's apparently one thing even The Force can't do: Predict something as crazy as Disney buying Lucasfilm and the rights to the "Star Wars" universe.
Just ask Luke Skywalker.
That's exactly what Entertainment Weekly did in a new interview with Mark Hamill, and suffice it to say, even the universe's last Jedi master didn't see this one coming.
"Oh my gosh, what a shock that was! I had no idea that George was going to sell to Disney until I read it online like everybody else," Hamill said. "I have mixed feelings about that, but they haven't done badly by Marvel and the Muppets and Pixar. It's one of those big decisions that at first seems unusual but then the more you look at it, the more it makes sense."
Slightly less surprising, on the other hand, was the news that Disney and Lucas would be doing Episodes VII, VIII and IX. But that's just because Hamill already knew about that plan and has had a few months to get over that shock.
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"Last August, he asked Carrie [Fisher] and I to have lunch with him and we did. I thought he was going to talk about either his retirement or the 'Star Wars' TV series that I've heard about," Hamill said, "or the 3-D releases. So when he said, 'We decided we're going to do Episodes VII, VIII and IX,' I was just gobsmacked. 'What? Are you nuts?!'
"I can see both sides of it," he continued. "Because in a way, there was a beginning, a middle and an end and we all lived happily ever after and that's the way it should be — and it's great that people have fond memories, if they do have fond memories. But on the other hand, there's this ravenous desire on the part of the true believers to have more and more and more material. It's one of those things: people either just don't care for it or are passionate about it. I guess that defines what cult movies are all about. We'll see. I'm anxious to know what's going on."
Just don't bother trying to use The Force to find out.
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