Billy Dee Williams Talks Star Wars: Episode 7 and Harrison Ford.

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Billy Dee Williams was recently at the Wizard World Nashville Comic Con. As expected while discussing other topics he also talked about the upcoming Star Wars movie…

First the actor was asked an interesting question by a fan. He was asked “how big of a jerk Harrison Ford was”. Williams was quick to defend his colleague:

“Why would you say that? That’s interesting. Why would you say he’s a jerk? No, he’s a good man. He’s a very good man. And you can tell, for me anyway, you can tell a lot about a man by the way he deals with his children. And he’s beautiful with his sons, so I have a lot of respect for him. He’s a very bright person.”

Later when asked if he would be participating in Star Wars Episode VII, he said:

“Everybody wants to know that. I have no idea. I don’t know what they’re doing, but they’re still just in the middle of writing all that stuff. Obviously a lot of rumors are going around, but I don’t know. But if they ask, I’m quite happy to do it.”

He also shared some ideas about his character if he was asked to reprise his role:

“My idea was to come back with a daughter who was a Jedi, a beautiful daughter who was a Jedi. But then somebody else came up with the idea of having a son, who’s a villain, which would be very interesting.”

It’s interesting that like Chloe Grace Moretz he also says that “they’re still writing it”. I wonder if they indeed know something we don’t or they’re just making an assumption.

If you remember few months ago Bad Robot released the following picture:


 Many people thought this was the Episode 7 script. And indeed if you look closely you can see that the way the 3 copies are arranged they actually form the number VII. So it’s interesting if they’re still doing some rewrites or it’s indeed ready and these actors are just guessing.

Something for one of the guys from the comments. Take three books and make the same arrangement, you’ll see. 🙂

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19 thoughts on “Billy Dee Williams Talks Star Wars: Episode 7 and Harrison Ford.

  • October 22, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Even if the script is still unfinished, the characters MUST be locked down at this stage.

  • October 22, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    What else would be in production at Bad Robot that they’d expect everybody to go apeshit over? That script has to be episode VII, which also means they’re currently in the casting process. I think these actors and actresses know something that we don’t and it’s all a big part of the new viral campaign. They’re going to promote the shit out of this movie and they’re doing a pretty damn good job of building hype, both good and bad…

  • October 22, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    This slow trickle is both killing me… and enticing me all the more. Can’t wait for the cast reveal. It’s going to be awesome.

    At this point I don’t think I care who they cast… I’m pretty open minded. All I want is a good script/story arc for the three movies.

    • October 22, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      I agree, but to play devil’s advocate: what if they casted someone completely out-of-the-blue; like, Zach Efron or Robert Pattinson? I feel like they’re in a position to either completely fuck it up, or make it an incredible release.

  • October 22, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Looking at the scripts and considering every page is red should say something. It’s not uncommon for re-writes and edits to be completed on different colors of paper. Thus able to tell when the re-writes were done and why. So what we are looking at is an unedited script. So to say they are still writing it. Sure they are and they will be up to the day shooting wraps. That is very typical of the industry.

  • October 22, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    “And indeed if you look closely you can see that the way the 3 copies are arranged they actually form the number VII”

    Can someone please explain this to me? I don’t see it at all.

  • October 22, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    I hope Lando comes back.

  • October 22, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    A catty and uncalled for shot at Harrison there. Billy Dee is a class act- surprised he dosn’t know if Lando is in yet- implies no to me. They have to be careful how they do this- we want the old cast there, but not to the point where it is ‘Star Wars- the geriatric years’. Emphasis needs to be on the next gen now.

    • October 23, 2013 at 11:34 am

      Indeed. In some ways I’m almost fearful of the old cast returning. Hopefully if they do their roles are suitable and not laughable or cringe worthily forced.

      Let the new kids reign with some great guidance from the old folks. Spock was used greatly in JJ’s reboot.

    • October 26, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      I respectfully disagree. Seeing old Spock in both ST reboots made me want to take my eyes out with a fork.

      I do think that some of the SW characters have to be in there for the sake of continuity. Otherwise, there would be no connection between trilogies.

  • October 23, 2013 at 2:35 am

    That was wrong to say that about our Han Solo. After all, as many decades of questions about Star Wars Harrison Ford has had to deal with, im surprised he hasnt turned into a serial killer yet. LOL … jk .. glad he stayed on the good side. I have to praise JJ Abrams and Michael Ardnt for risking their lives to do this. Its like many say, Star Wars is its own religion. Fuck part 7 up, and these 2 will see a wrath of Jedi and Sith lightsabers coming at them from all the generations. Plus the original trilogy generation is barely hanging on by a finger nail, they would probably be the first ones on the attack. hahaha…. May the force be with them on that script.

    • October 23, 2013 at 11:37 am

      Well there’s a couple of ways to look at it. The prequels lowered standards so far in some people’s minds, that now it may be slightly easier to impress us this time around.

      At the very least the plot will likely be coherent and not have the characters do wildly inexplicable actions with little motivation. That right there is an advantage.

    • October 23, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      Best thing I’ve read so far. The older generation who thought the prequel trilogy sucked will think the sequel trilogy will be ok. The kids who grew up with the prequal triogy will think the sequel trilogy will suck and the kids who will grow up with the sequel trilogy will think it is awesome.It all comes full circle.

  • October 23, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    So… I guess no original teaser for ROTJ? Does this debunk your original theory,

    • October 23, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      The day isn’t over yet.

    • October 23, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      Patience my padawan. already released something ROTJ related 40 min. ago. I hope we get something bigger. I’ll post the article soon.

  • October 23, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    When is the episode VI original trailer coming out it should be out already?

    • October 23, 2013 at 8:48 pm

      Never mind I see you just posted it can’t wait till next week the suspense is killing me!

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