As soon as the news that a new Star Wars trilogy was going to get made, following the huge purchase of LucasFilm by DIsney, it did not take long for talk to turn to the possibility of the original Star Wars trilogy actors to reprise their roles. Since then, there have been plenty of rumours about the Star Wars: Episode VII cast, before the official announcement was made a few weeks back.
As expected, the likes of Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia are all returning to reprise their roles in Star Wars: Episode VII, but it has not been an easy journey for them. In the years since Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi back in 1983, these three stars have let themselves go a little and have had to get back into shape to reprise the role.
Carrie Fisher has been talking about being cast in Star Wars: Episode VII, admitting that she has had to lose 35 pounds in order to get in shape to return as Princess Leia, "It's trippy that you do a sequel 35 years later. That's right, they didn't hire me, they hired me minus 35 pounds," she told the Daily Mail.
As well as the return of Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, Star Wars: Episode VII will also see the return of Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, and Kenny Baker as R2-D2. Star Wars: Episode VII is directed by J.J. Abrams and will open on December 18, 2015 in both the US and the UK.