A double helping of Star Wars news today, as a both an original trilogy stalwart and a beloved Disney studio enter the increasingly-busy rumour mill from a galaxy far, far away.
Firstly, Carrie "Princess Leia" Fisher has all-but-confirmed her return to George Lucas's sci-fi universe, telling TV Guide that she, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill would all be reprising their lead roles for Episode VII, slated for release in time for Christmas 2015.
"I'd like to wear my old [cinnamon buns] hairstyle again - but with white hair," she said. "I think that would be funny."
Fisher so far has been the most outspoken of the original trilogy star-trinity, with Hamill recently refusing to answer speculation on his return during a Reddit AMA. Fisher also revealed that she expects filming to being in April.
The second slice of Star Wars news concerns Disney studio Pixar, makers of the Toy Story and Cars films. Though its involvement in a Star Wars film has been rumoured since Disney's buyout of Lucas's property back in December 2012, Latino Review is now stating that an animated Star Wars flick is indeed in the works. It seems that the rumoured "origins" films for Boba-Fett, Yoda and Han Solo may be handled by Pixar, with the thinking being that an animated origins story would be easier to stomach for long-time series fans, rather than have new live-action actors filling dangerously-iconic roles. [TV Guide, Latino Review]
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