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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.”

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“I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not.”


Despite the attempt at backtracking, this does mark the first time anyone has used the word signed when it comes to Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill.

Let alone all three in one sentence.

Prior to Carrie Fisher‘s confirmation (or close to it) this week, Mark Hamill said he and his two principal costars had not yet signed, but were interested.

J.J. Abrams has signed on to direct and Oscar winner Michael Arndt is penning the screenplay for Episode VII, which Disney is aiming to release in 2015.

Disney boss Robert Iger confirmed last month that the company is also developing a pair of Star Wars spinoff films apart from the planned trilogy.