A friend of mine is a huge "Star Wars fan," and he started talking immediately during our last conversation about the new movie, "Episode VII," which is slated to be released in December 2015.
Naturally, chatter about plot lines, new characters, returning heroes and villains abounded, along with joyful glee that George Lucas, the original mind behind the "Star Wars" franchise, won't have much, if anything, to do with these next three movies, thankfully given how poor episodes one through three were more than a decade ago.
As much as bashing Lucas is enjoyable, the real treasure that is "Star Wars" won't go unnoticed by any means, particularly from the millions of fans that adored the movies as kids and will be waiting in line next December, perhaps with their own kids in tow.
But the real love affair with "Star Wars" truthfully isn't so much between fans or admirers but rather the cast of the original 1977 film, namely Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and the rest of the crew from almost 40 years ago.
Hamill, Fisher, along with the actors that played C-3PO, R2-D2 and Chewbacca essentially made names for themselves as part of the "Star Wars" cast but really couldn't do much beyond that brand and series of movies. They experienced moderate to slim success post "Star Wars" as their acting careers were both defined and plagued by the roles. Some within the business call it type cast.
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