Star Wars: Episode 7 cast – Who will return?
We finally have some official ‘Star Wars: Episode 7’ news from Disney.
Production will get underway at Pinewood this May and the story is set 30 years after the events of ‘Return of the Jedi’. The statement from Lucasfilm also confirmed we’ll get a trio of new young leads, plus the return of "some very familiar faces”.
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So who’s in the running to portray a new holy trinity of ‘Star Wars’ leads, and which of the franchise’s original cast members will return?
Let’s take a look.
R2-D2... back in town for Star Wars sequel (Copyright: Twitter)
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There have been no official announcements from Disney yet about actors for the film. The only character that has been 100% confirmed to return is series stalwart R2-D2.
In November last year the first behind-the-scenes photo was released, showing director JJ Abrams and LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy posing with the little astromech droid.
The prop will be made by members of the R2-D2 Builders Club, a fan club dedicated to producing replicas of the blue and white robot.
There’s no word on whether his companion C3PO will appear, but the highly-strung protocol droid (played by Anthony Daniels) has featured in all six films to date, so his involvement is pretty much a given.
Ford, Fisher, and Hamill on the set of 'Return of the Jedi' (Credit: Fox)
Mark Hamill is likely to return as Luke Skywalker, but the actor has yet to officially confirm his involvement in the film. We can’t imagine a ‘Star Wars’ sequel without its original lead man back in some capacity.
Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the original trilogy, as been less coy about her involvement. She revealed to a friend that she’ll be spending six months shooting the film in London soon and has said in the past that the original trio will all return, leading us neatly on to…
Harrison Ford, whose only stumbling block on returning as Han Solo is rumoured to be a deal that would guarantee his return as Indiana Jones (on which he's said to get a much better back-end deal) for two more films, although that’s just speculation for now.
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Other actors from the original films rumored to be returning include Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian and Ian McDiarmid as Emperor Palpatine.
The production staged open casting calls in 2013, prompting ‘Star Wars’ fans to turn up in their droves to auditions. A casting notice for a 7 ft. male led to speculation that they would be recasting Chewbacca as original actor Peter Mayhew’s mobility has been affected by gigantism in his later years.