It has been unofficially confirmed that Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford will indeed reprise their roles from the original "Star Wars" trilogy in its continuation "Episode VII". This unofficial confirmation came from George Lucas himself who told the Bloomberg Business Week: "We had already signed Mark, 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," Lucas continued. "Maybe I'm not suppossed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do but we were negotiating with them. I won't say whether the negotiations were successful or not."
That sort of non-commital tap-dancing is usually reserved for politicians who fear losing their jobs. It sounds very much like a confirmation, especially since it has also been made public on 1500ESPN (locally). It also sounds like it all happened before J.J. Abrams was confirmed as the director. Either way, it will be great fun to have these three re-united for this film.
As for the film itself, it can be pre-supposed that peace will have reigned for several years following the unsatisfying ending of "Return of the Jedi". Facing the facts, the involvement of the Ewoks, little more than snotty teddy bears, was beyond ridiculous. At the very least, it should have been Chewbacca and the Wookies who assisted in destroying the evil Empire.
If anything can be judged from Abrams' history, especially the "Star Trek" reboot, it is obvious that he is far more capable of avoiding blatant merchandising cash-grabs like the Ewoks. The "Star Trek" reboot was the summer movie of the year when it was released in 2009 and "Star Trek Into Darkness" will take those honors upon its release on Fri., May 17, 2013. (Obviously, this does not mean the stupidity that is the Academy Awards. This means the Empire Awards, for one.). Lucas himself raised the bar with the stark brutality of "Episode III".
The speculation is that Hamill, Fisher and Ford will be the parents of the primary stars of the next trilogy. To that end, there won't be as much money wasted trying to make them look young again. A quick glance through Google Images will explain that statement. From there, it is also assumed that most if not all details of the story will be closely guarded secrets much as Abrams insisted on for "Cloverfield", "Super 8" and "Star Trek Into Darkness". It will make "Episode VII" that much better when it opens next summer.