Original ‘Star Wars’ Cast Appearance Being Saved for Later

By Kevyn Cortez | 2 years ago

Ever wondered why classic "Star Wars" characters — Luke Skywalker, Leia and Hans Solo — never appeared on the teaser trailer? Well, according to Mark Hamill, he and his original castmates are being saved for a later appearance. Read on for further details.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly (EW), Hamill, who reprises his role as Luke Skywalker reveals that he and his original "Star Wars" cast knew that Lucasfilm wouldn't feature them in the teaser trailer, choosing to focus on the franchise's new characters instead. Director J. J. Abrams and producer and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy gave them all the heads up that their appearance was being saved for later.


“They showed us the footage, that’s all their decision and we’ll just have to wait and see, of the people involved, I think these kids who are doing these new characters show it is in very good hands,” explained Hamill on EW.

Moreover, Hamill shares his thoughts on being re-cast as the iconic "Star Wars" character. He says that he never expected to return and that his story is over.

“I don’t know that I’m even completely recovered from my state of shock. Part of the experience of [Star Wars] in my life was coming down from that, putting it behind me. We had a beginning, middle, and an end, ” Hamill told EW.

Set approximately 30 years after the events of the previous film, “Return of the Jedi,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” revolves around a trio of new young leads, along with the characters from the previous installments. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Gwendoline Christie, Christina Chong, Lupita Nyong’o, Crystal Clarke, Pip Anderson, Miltos Yerolemou, Greg Grunberg and Warwick Davis. Meanwhile, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker will reprise their roles from the classic trilogy as Han Solo, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, C3PO, Chewbacca and R2-D2 respectively.

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is directed, written and produced by J. J. Abrams. He is joined by fellow "Star Wars" writer Lawrence Kasdan, who also co-wrote “The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi" from a story by George Lucas.  It is co-produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Bryan Burk, Walt Disney Pictures, Lucasfilm and Bad Robot Productions, to be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures for a Dec. 18, 2015 release date.

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