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Princess Leia and Darth Vader are back … on TV, at least.
Carrie Fisher and James Earl Jones will co-star on a Jan. 30 episode of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, where Sheldon (Jim Parsons) stages a fan convention because he isn’t able to secure Comic-Con tickets. He tracks down Jones for a panel, while Fisher chimes in with what’s being described as an "interesting" cameo.
This, also, is interesting. While speaking with TV Guide about the upcoming Big Bang spot, she revealed that she, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford are expecting to start working on J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII in March or April. Wha wha wha?! Not only that, she elaborated on the look she hopes to sport in the sequel:
"I'd like to wear my old [cinnamon buns] hairstyle again — but with white hair. I think that would be funny."
Now, this is the closest thing we’ve seen to an actual confirmation to Fisher, Hamill and Ford appearing in Abrams’ Star Wars movie, even though the tea leaves have suggested the involvement of the original trio for some time now. The actors have all gone on record to discuss the project. Abrams even reportedly reworked the script recently to put more emphasis on the original characters of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo to give them one more adventure. Do Fisher’s words convince you even more that this is a done deal? Or are they jokes… like these?
As with any Star Wars story, take this with a grain of salt until it is confirmed. Chalk it up to the various rumors and hearsay "confirmations" we have heard about Breaking Bad co-stars, Boba Fett standalone movies, and possible titles. We know that Abrams is aiming Episode VII for a December 2015 release date. He has said he wants to use practical effects. He has said that he wants to recapture the vibe of the initial trilogy. And it appears that he wants to hang his hopes on the actors who launched this franchise in the first place.
And if you need to see how the Big Bang guys might handle Star Wars, check this out. Needless to say, they are huge fans: