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4/30/2014 (11 months ago)

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Fan excitement mounting over 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

It's exciting - it will be just be like old times in a galaxy, far, far away! Han, Luke and Leia, the heroes of the original "Star Wars" in 1977 are onboard to appear in the forthcoming "Star Wars; Episode VII." Furthermore, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher who played the original roles are back on board.

The rather tall gentleman in this picture is Peter Mayhew, who wore the scorching hot Chewbecca outfit in the original 'Star Wars' trilogy. He slated to return in the next installment.

The rather tall gentleman in this picture is Peter Mayhew, who wore the scorching hot Chewbecca outfit in the original "Star Wars" trilogy. He slated to return in the next installment.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/30/2014 (11 months ago)

Published in Movies

Keywords: Star Wars, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Disney announced the cast of the film entering production under the name "Star Wars: Episode VII", after months of speculation among fans.

While they were financial successes, "Star Wars" Chapters I - III were great disappointments with the series' fans. They grew up with the original actors, and those chapters focused on the years before the original trilogy. 

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It's acknowledged that Harrison Ford now shows little resemblance to his original space pirate Han Solo and co-star Mark Hamill has a few wrinkles. Hollywood survivor Carrie Fisher is eager to don her robes in her return to Princess Leia.

It's just the icing on the cake. Disney, the new owner of pioneering director George Lucas' record-breaking franchise, has recruited blockbuster director J.J. Abrams to bring these fan favorites back to the screen.

Abrams will have access to a much more powerful array of computerized special effects than Lucas had when he launched the series in 1977.

It will be an interplanetary class reunion of sorts. In addition to Ford, Fisher and Hamill, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker return as androids C3PO and R2-D2 and Peter Mayhew as the alien "Wookie" warrior Chewbacca, will be joined by new and younger talent.

Hollywood veteran Max von Sydow will also be on board. Some have appeared in a photo released to mark the start of script readings.

"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," Abrams said.

"We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud," he added.

Abrams too the director's chair on the successful 2009 "Star Trek" re-boot. "Star Wars" is being seen as an even bigger challenge. While the stories still have a massive loyal audience, many purists were disappointed by the prequel trilogy, which they felt failed to capture the mythic feel of the originals.

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