Word on the street is that Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are hitting the treadmill and/or crossfit classes to tone up for their return to the Star Wars universe. This news comes to us courtesy of UK’s The Sun tabloid rag. (I mean no disrespect to The Sun, btw. But it is what it is, so take all of this with a grain of salt.)
Of course this makes sense as Disney would want their actors to look their best when they step back under the bright lights to resume their roles and Luke and Leia. What’s interesting is the question of just how much the guys and gals are working out (no reports on Harrison Ford, but he seems to be in pretty good shape for his age, with reports stating that the powers that be are happy his overall appearance) and how much running/jumping/light saber play will be involved in their roles. A source to The Sun states that, “Mark and Carrie need to be as close to their appearance in the earlier movies as possible. Producers are keen to help out and have offered support. The budget is huge so there will be no expense spared.” Apparently this translates to the actors being given personal trainers and nutritionists, which is kinda par for the course and not really that surprising.
There’s a lot of speculation floating around and most signs seem to point towards the next trilogy following, at least partially, the Timothy Zahn Thrawn novels with Han and Leia being the proud parents of Jedi twins, while Luke works to reestablish the Jedi Council. Sounds like a solid plan to me (I’ve read the novels, they are most excellent) and if this is the way the new films are going, physicality will be a part of the equation in some way even for the older stars. Keep in mind that Hamill is 61 and Fisher is 56 at the time of this report…makes some of us fans feel a little bit older, doesn’t it? If not, just remember: Ford is 71. 71!
Not much else to report right now, but we here at Renegade Cinema will be sure to bring you all the news as it breaks regarding the first film of the new Star Wars trilogy being directed by J.J. Abrams due to hit theaters in 2015. Filming is set to begin in 2014.
Source: The Sunby