While speaking with L.A. Times, “Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill opens up and talks about the upcoming installment of the franchise, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the old generation cast and the new generation. Read on for more details in this story.
“I would have been completely OK with it not including us, but I do think having the original cast members there gives it a sense of continuity and scope, but mind you, it’s really about the new generation, it’s not about us,” Hamill told L.A. Times.
The year 2015 is definitely Hamill’s year as the iconic “Star Wars” actor is set for multiple film appearances: Luke Skywalker in J. J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and Matthew Vaughn’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service” and is set to reprise his role as the Trickster on The CW’s highly rated “The Flash.”
Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher have still not been featured in any promotional material for the seventh installment of the franchise, although rumors suggest that the trio will be soon featured in the next upcoming trailer.
Set 30 years after the events of “Return of the Jedi,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will revolve around a trio of new young leads, accompanied by the characters from the original trilogy. The film stars new franchise comers 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.
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker from the original classic trilogy will be reprising their roles, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, C3PO, Chewbacca and R2-D2 respectively.
“The Force Awakens” will be the first film in the planned third “Star Wars” trilogy since Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is produced by Walt Disney Pictures, Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and his long-time collaborator Bryan Burk.
Abrams will be directing the pic from a screenplay he co-wrote with Lawrence Kasdan, co-writer of the original trilogy films “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi” while “Star Wars” creator George Lucas serves as creative consultant. Second-unit filming began in April 2014 in Abu Dhabi and Iceland, with principal photography taking place between May and November 2014 in Abu Dhabi, Ireland and Pinewood Studios in England.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is to be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, blasting off into the big screens on Dec. 18, 2015.
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