May the Fourth came early this year, as the unofficial Star Wars holiday (“May the Force”) isn’t for another five days but the new Star Wars 7 movie was confirmed to include original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill today anyway. Also announced were a slew of new cast members, most of whose names are unrecognizable, meaning that the movie won’t attempt to leverage any current young star power in the name of making the movie more palatable to new audience, as the Star Wars prequels attempted to do a decade ago.
Instead, the big news for Star Wars 7 is that the primary original characters Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo will indeed be reprised by the actors from the original trilogy. They’ve all aged significantly, with Harrison Ford now in his seventies, offering further confirmation that the new film will be set well after Return of the Jedi ended.
With the Emperor and Darth Vader both dead and the Empire defeated, Star Wars 7 is still closely guarding just what kind of peril its characters will face in their updated timeline. Presumably Han and Leia are married, and Luke could be up to anything at this point… but those details will have to wait for another date. Today is all about May the Fourth arriving early.