George Lucas claims that even before he sold Lucasfilm to Disney, he signed Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher for Star Wars: Episode VII.
His words. Lucas tells Businessweek that "we had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison - or were pretty much in final stages of negotiation."
"Maybe I'm not supposed to say that," Lucas added. "I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them."
"I won't say whether the negotiations were successful or not."