Actress Carrie Fisher has confirmed she will reprise the role of Princess Leia Organa, which catapulted her to fame in the original Star Wars trilogy (Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi) and will be appearing in one or more of the three new Star Wars films currently in the pipeline following the buyout of George Lucas’ company Lucasfilm by Disney last Autumn for $4.1bn. He has also revealed that he is in the final stages of negotiation with Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford, but wouldnt say whether the negotiations were successful or not. So it looks like Harrison Ford may finally get that Han Solo death scene he wanted in Episode VI (or May not).
Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of the trilogy, will be directed by JJ Abrams and written by Michael Arndt and is chalked up for release in 2015. Disney executives are also planning to release the follow-up movies “every two to three years” after Episode VII. George Lucas is expected to outliine the three screenplays with Michael Arndt, who wrote Toy Story 3. writing them in full. Disney boss Bob Iger has also hinted at several spin-off films based on individual characters, which are currently in the very early stages of development, with both Larry Kasdan, writer of Empire Strikes Back, and Simon Kinberg, producer of This Means War, working on them. The company has also decided to shelve the planned release of Star Wars Episodes II and III in 3D next Autumn to focus on the new movies.