I haven’t been ignoring the the return of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker news, I have just been waiting for some sort of official confirmation. The rumor has been out there for a couple of days now, but then again it has been since October. Will Hamill return in an Obi-Wan type role? Entertainment Weekly had posted yesterday that there are discussions and negotiations going on. They spoke to Hamill who had this to say:
“While any casting decisions will ultimately be in the hands of director J.J. Abrams and the rest of the Star Wars Jedi council, Hamill suggested he’d like to see as many of the original cast members return as possible: ‘Another thing I’d want to make sure of is—are we going to have the whole gang back? Is Carrie and Harrison and Billy Dee [Williams] and Tony Daniels, everybody that’s around from the original [returning]? I want to make sure that everybody’s on board here, rather than just one.’” - from EW (read the full story here)
Personally, I like waiting to hear from Lucasfilm, Disney, or even Star Wars.com myself for the official word. Rest assured Maniacs, we have all their emails and wait patiently.
Star Wars Episode VII is slated for a 2015 release.