I’ve noe seen this quote twice, attributing it to the official Star Wars website:
“While George Lucas is still working on the script for the next film, and the start of general casting is still several months away, several actors are already clearing their schedules to be available for filming in Australia and on location next summer. Among them, we’re happy to confirm, is Ahmed Best as Jar Jar Binks (my emphasis), who will be rejoining Ewan McGregor (playing Obi-Wan Kenobi) and Natalie Portman (as Queen Amidala) for Star Wars: Episode II.”
I don’t want to come across as a raving fanboy, but why bring back Jar-Jar? Every time I saw him on screen, all I could think was that the character was equal parts Erkel and Scrappy Doo. He added NOTHING to the movie. I would’ve thought that this- http://www.theonion.com/onion3527/jarjar_merchandise.html -would’ve given Lucas a hint.