In 1977, the then unknown Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford, seen here in a scene from "Star Wars," became legends as, respectively, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo -- the rebels leading the fight against the Empire in a galaxy far, far away.
When Disney announced last year that it was buying Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion, it also announced that the seventh "Star Wars" film will be released in 2015, with Episodes 8 and 9 to follow.
We're now getting more details on those films, and it sounds like some of the original cast will be back on the big screen. Harrison Ford is reported to be returning, Carrie Fisher has been confirmed to return as Leia, and even Mark Hamill's name has been thrown around for a reprise role.
But "Star Wars" was released 35 years ago. Will these starfighters be able to capture the imagination of the culture as they once did? Here's a look at some of the performers from the "Star Wars" series.
Daniels narrates during "Star Wars: In Concert" at the Orleans Arena on May 29, 2010, in Las Vegas, Nev. The traveling production features a full symphony orchestra and choir playing music from all six of John Williams' "Star Wars" scores, synchronized with footage from the films displayed on a three-story-tall, HD LED screen.
Actor William Hootkins, also known as Red Six or Porkins, from "Stars Wars," poses for a photograph at the Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention.
Caption byJames Martin
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British actor Denis Lawson, who played X-Wing pilot Wedge Antilles -- also known as Rogue 3, and the only pilot to survive both Death Star runs -- poses for photographers ahead of the BFI film festival showing of "Broken" at the Odeon in Leicester Square in central London, on October 14, 2012.