Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher have confirmed that they will play in the new film, which is slated for release in summer or spring 2015. Fisher even told TV Guide:
"I'd like to wear my old [cinnamon buns] hairstyle again—but with white hair. I think that would be funny."
On January 23 Fisher confirmed that she will definitely reprise her role as Leia in the upcoming movie. According to Naughty But Nice Rob, Ford has also confirmed that he will return as Han Solo. As for Mark Hamill, there is no official news as of yet, although Fisher indicates he is on board as well.
Based on news from Screenrant, however, George Lucas has apparently met with all three actors—Fisher, Hamill, and Ford—to discuss the movie. Along with this came many changes; Hamill, who is 62 years old, and Fisher, who is 57 years old, are now getting fit and dieting in order to get ready for their parts. The filming of the movie will start in March or April.
The script is written by director J.J. Abrams (Alias, Lost, Star Trek) and Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Abrams has been quoted around the Internet as confirming that the script is finished and now in "deep" preproduction. Rumors online indicate that the film will now focus on the original three leads. Originally the film was being written by Michael Arndt and was intended to focus on the children of the original characters, and the reasons for Arndt's departure have been the topic of some controversy: was it merely bad timing, as reported, or a dispute over which generation of characters to focus on, as the latest rumors claim?
We are excited about this news and hope to see them again in the movie. Don't you all agree?