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Original cast reunites for new ‘Star Wars’ film

Actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford speak onstage during the 33rd AFI Life Achievement Award tribute to George Lucas at the Kodak Theatre on June 9, 2005 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) Photo: Image by Getty Images

Original cast reunites for new ‘Star Wars’ film

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Apr 29, 2014

The cast of the new "Star Wars" film has been unveiled, and it’s official that episode seven of the film franchise will include three stars who made their bones in episode one: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill. They will reprise their roles as, respectively, Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker.

Also returning to the cast are Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Kenny Baker (R2-D2).
 
The latest version, which begins filming in London in a few weeks, is set for release in December 2015.
 
“For the first Disney-produced film in a new ‘Star Wars’ trilogy directed by J.J. Abrams, the cast has been shrouded in mystery, though there were lots of clues that the original actors would appear,” reports the Washington Post. “Exhibit A: writer/director George Lucas spilled last year that the three were in negotiations. Then, all three were spotted in London this week, where the film is beginning production. You can’t hide anything in the age of Twitter.”
 
As ABC News reports, “In addition to the original stars, a slew of newcomers will appear in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’” They include “Girls” star Adam Driver, along with John Boyeta, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis and Domhnall Gleeson. Also set to star is Oscar nominee Max von Sydow.
 
Abrams released a statement on StarWars.com saying, “We are so excited to finally share the cast of 'Star Wars: Episode VII.’ It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud."
 


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Phyllis Stark is the Digital Executive Producer - National Content for Journal Broadcast Group.