‘Star Wars: Episode 7′: Original Trilogy Cast Members Spotted in London

Published 12 months ago by , Updated April 30th, 2014 at 6:43 am,

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With no official casting announcements for Star Wars: Episode VII thus far, rumor has it that a major update on director J.J. Abrams’ space adventure will be arriving on this year’s fast-approaching Star Wars Day, a.k.a. May 4th. Of course, if you’ve been following progress on Episode VII since the beginning, then you’ve known for a while now that at least three familiar faces will be in the film (not including R2-D2, C-PO and/or Chewbacca, though they’re coming back too).

It was over a year ago when Star Wars creator – and Episode VII creative consultant – George Lucas let slip that Star Wars: Episode IV-VI stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford had already entered the “final stages of negotiation” to join the Episode VII cast; since then, Fisher has indicated multiple times that she and her fellow original Star Wars trilogy costars are, indeed, reprising as the older versions of their respective characters (Luke, Leia, and Han) in Abrams’ film.

Sooner, rather than later, we expect that Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm will finally issue an official press release, confirming that fan-favorites Hamill, Fisher, and Ford are part of Episode VII – possibly, at the same time, also revealing which of the rumored newcomers will help to bring a younger generation of characters to life in Abrams’ movie.

Until then, enjoy these Tweets and images that show (or tease) that the aforementioned Star Wars veterans having made their way to London, where the bulk of principal photography on Episode VII is taking place. There’s nothing all that revelatory about them, though it’s worth noting that a slimmed-down Hamill appears to have grown some Obi-Wan Kenobi-style facial hair, in order to portray Luke Skywalker the seasoned Jedi Master properly.

Late last week, Lucasfilm announced in a press release that “all aspects of Star Wars storytelling moving forward will be connected” – be they movies, TV shows, videos games, and/or books – but that the only canon that Episode VII is beholden to are the six previous live-action films, as well as the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV show content co-developed by Lucas, rather than any previously-published work revolving around the Star Wars universe post-Return of the Jedi (the Thrawn Saga, Jedi Academy trilogy, etc.).

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In other words: although the story for Episode VII may take some inspiration from elements of the Star Wars “Expanded Universe” of old, it doesn’t need to fit with what had transpired by the same point in time in the old Star Wars EU timeline. Rumor has it that Abrams and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back) revised the original Episode VII script draft by Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3), so that the film may better highlight the experiences of older Luke, Leia, and Han – experiences that may be quite different than what many EU fans have been anticipating.

If that is the approach (as looks to be the case), then hopefully it’ll result in Abrams’ film serving as a smooth transitionary chapter, bringing moviegoers up to speed on events in the Star Wars universe – before moving onward, into what (fingers crossed) will be the long and creatively-rewarding future of this iconic franchise.


Star Wars: Episode VII opens in U.S. theaters on December 18th, 2015.

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  1. Hamill looks great. That was one of my chief concerns.

  2. Saw the Hamill pic a day or so ago and still have the same question.

    Does this mean Peter Serafinowicz is going to be in Star Wars?

    • They never wrapped up Darth Maul’s story in The Clone Wars. They actually left it really open ended. It’d be a little awkward to bring him back… but it would be worth it if they did more with him.

      • I assume by The Clone Wars, you mean the more recent 3D cartoon and not the Genndy Tartakovsky cartoon or Episode II. In which case, I have to admit complete ignorance, had no idea Darth Maul had featured again after his death in Episode I.

        I generally only stick with the live action movies, I love Star Wars but I never felt the need to explore more of the world outside of Genndy’s brilliant but somehow forgotten series.

        • I think you’d be pleasantly surprised. I found there was some really good content in it, as well as some epic stuff we don’t get to see in the movies.

          Also, it’s technically canon and Disney did the 6th season, meaning there will likely be a lot of tie-in material, so it’s relevant. Everyone is understandably hesitant, but everyone I’ve convinced to watch it is always surprised at how good it is.

          • Actually, the 6th season of the Clone Wars was already finished when Disney bought Lucasfilm. That’s why it wasn’t a full season, those were the eps that had been produced so far but there is one final arc wrapping up the Darth Maul story, that’s being released through Dark Horse as a comic mini series. I’ll never fully understand why people still put Gendy’s shorts on such a high pedestal. It never felt like Star Wars, it was Samurai Jack with lightsabers and almost no character development. The writing in the 3D show, especially the last 3 seasons was hands down the best of Star Wars since The Empire Strikes Back. The last 4 episodes were utterly brilliant and the perfect way to end the series.

        • @ Dazz

          Yeah, they brought back Darth Maul and even gave him a brother. I wouldn’t say the cartoon was forgotten, I have both parts on DVD. I loved the way General Grevious was portrayed but it made his death in Revenge of the Sith look stupid to me.

          • Yeah, I got part 1 on DVD back in the day but never did get part 2 and ebay seems to have it rarely (my brother got parts 1 and 2 on DVD from ebay 2 years ago but had to pay £60 for both).

            The thing with Grievous is that he was a badass in the cartoon but then he felt like an afterthought in the film, which was a letdown since I assumed he’d be the main villain before Anakin finally turned. Such a wasted potential there.

      • he was killed by Sidious in the Clone Wars animated show which is being treated as canon.

        • He was not killed, at least not on screen. Sidious kille Opress, but it suggested that he kept Maul alive for some other purpose.

      • Hate to say it, but that would be a terrible idea. Maul was pretty awesome in Phantom Menace, but, frankly, he had his moment. No to, it would be really disingenuous to a lot of the fans to expect them to have invested countless hours into watching a cartoon just to understand the plot of the new films. I honestly wish that show had been jettisoned alongside the EU.

        • People are already expected to watch 6 films to prepare. After this comes out they’ll be expected to watch 7. It’s not like there isn’t “homework” already.

          I thought bringing him back in TCW was a little awkward, but he never got his due and TCW is canon, so he’s out there somewhere unresolved. Having a character like him come out of the shadows in Episode VII would be sort of epic.

          • See, I guess that’s the thing. The films are on so often that it’s hard to avoid them (if you’re interested in watching them in the first place, I know quite a lot that aren’t and have never seen them so they don’t even know who Darth Vader is) but the extra stuff like TCW seem a must-watch to find out how and why characters like Maul still exist.

            It’d be cool if he popped up as a surprise and then they had a live action flashback retelling of whatever happened in TCW for those who thought he was dead, as long as it was kept brief.

  3. The first teaser trailer for this and the net will implode.

  4. Wow Hamil looks better than ever, i was worried but he looks baddas, This really gives me hope. Still don’t care about Harrison coming back though, she gives the same performance in everything nowdays, i don’t want him to taint the Han Sollo image…

  5. May the 4th be with us all!

  6. Honestly didnt we all know Hamill would get in shape? Ford, wasnt out of shape too much, but i think its safe to say im worried about Carrie fisher. Shes going to ruin all those childhood boners if she doesnt come out looking a lot better. Because last time i saw her,(which was on the big bang theory this season) she was looking like she was in the process of losing weight but still had a way to go.

    I hope we get the sexy/sophisticated princess that she was known for with age put on obviously. Older women can still be sexy as long as they work at it. Im being hopeful because I personally lost 70lbs in 4 months just by eating right and a little exercise, so i feel if she really went ham on the diet and exercise that she will be rockin & rollin in no time. But im still worried.

    • They need to bring back Lea Slave…

  7. Love the beard on Luke, Alec Guinness is grinning somewhere! So excited the that mainstays are going to be the focus for certain now. I’ve always wanted to see Luke perform like a true Jedi Master, in effortless fashion like Yoda. It’s a real shame they didn’t take advantage of his youth for the last 30 years, but at least he’s finally getting the chance. I hope he gets in even better shape yet.

  8. So awesome, can’t believe this is really happening.

  9. Hamill is looking a trillion times better than he was about a year ago… so that’s a great thing!