Ok, how’s this to put a lid on all the back and forth rumors and denials about whether or not the big three are coming back for Episode VII? Speaking with Bloomberg, George Lucas says all three have essentially been signed on to the movie:
Asked whether members of the original Star Wars cast will appear in Episode VII and if he called them before the deal closed to keep them informed, Lucas says, “We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison—or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation. So I called them to say, ‘Look, this is what’s going on.’ ” He pauses. “Maybe I’m not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them.” Then he adds: “I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not.”
There you have it from The Maker himself. As he says, Disney wants to announce it their way with some big press spectacular, but all three are coming back to Episode VII.