'Star Wars' cast gets soaked for Ice Bucket Challenge

"Star Wars: Episode VII" actors Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Peter Mayhew, new cast member Daisy Ridley, and director J.J. Abrams take a soaking to raise awareness for ALS.

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While the Force would have been drier, Mark Hamill uses ice water to raise awareness for ALS. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET

Iconic geek celebrities like Steven Spielberg, George Takei, Sir Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Sir Ian McKellen, and Benedict Cumberbatch have already dumped buckets of ice cold water on themselves to get people talking about, and donating money for, research of ALS -- amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Even Stormtroopers and R2-D2 have joined in the viral video sensation. Now some of the cast members of "Star Wars: Episode VII" have taken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Fans waiting patiently for the release of the new movie -- which isn't out til December 18, 2015 -- can at least see some of the cast now, just a bit more damp.

New "Star Wars: Episode VII" cast member Daisy Ridley started off the Ice Bucket Challenge by nominating Luke Skywalker himself -- fellow cast member actor Mark Hamill.

A Ben Kenobi-esque bearded Hamill accepted Ridley's Ice Bucket Challenge, but before getting doused with water, he challenged the band The Kinks and the entire cast of "Star Wars: Episode VII."

Harrison Ford -- who was recently injured on the "Star Wars: Episode VII" set -- seemed in tip-top Han Solo shape as he also took the challenge.

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Director J.J. Abrams takes the challenge. Hey George Lucas, get your bucket ready! Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET

Not to be outdone, Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew also accepted. And of course, director J.J. Abrams gets in on the action as well.

As crazy as dumping a bucket of ice water on your head may seem, these videos of soaked celebrities and tech leaders seem to be working. The ALS Association reports that $88.5 million has already been raised since the Ice Bucket Challenge campaign started, as opposed to $2.5 million during the same time last year.

According to the ALS website, the money raised will go toward "research, care services, public education, and public policy -- giving help and hope to those facing the disease."rro

Here's the roundup of videos, starting with Ridley getting doused and nominating Hamill.

Then Hamill's attempt to save water by using an eyedropper is thwarted.

Ford takes the challenge while at home in Wyoming.

Mayhew (without his Chewbacca costume on) and his wife get extra soggy for ALS.

Director J.J. Abrams is doused, but not before challenging the Stormtrooper cosplay group, the 501st Legion!

 

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