George Lucas pitched ‘Episode VII’ to Mark Hamill in the ‘80s

It doesn’t take a leap of the imagination to envision Mark Hamill playing an old Jedi mentor like Obi-Wan in the upcoming Episode VII. We know he certainly has the beard to play the part, and according to a vintage interview that surfaced this week, it looks like George Lucas had just the same idea over thirty years ago.

In the 1983 interview, Hamill reveals that Lucas once asked him, “Would you consider playing an Obi-Wan-like character, handing Excalibur down to the next generation?” The sequel wouldn’t be made until roughly 2011, Lucas said, and in return Hamill replied, “Gee, as much as I’d like to have a job lined up at the turn of the century … well, I don’t know.”

Now, all of these years later, we’re on the precipice of…

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