‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Will Focus On New Characters, Mark Hamill Says

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will bring the original trilogy’s cast members back to the galaxy far, far away, but they won’t be the focus of this chapter of the saga, the newcomers will, according to Mark Hamill.

Most fans are excited to see Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), and Luke Skywalker (Hamill) return to the big screen in the much-anticipated Episode VII, which opens in theaters in December of this year. However, their story is apparently coming to an end, perhaps for good, as director J.J. Abrams’ plot centers on the young guns.

Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), and Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) are poised to make a name for themselves when Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally hits theaters. All are relative unknowns, but are sure to become household names once their characters are revealed.

One of the original cast members, Mark Hamill confirmed the rumors that have swirled around, especially since none of the classic characters made an appearance in the teaser trailer released on Thanksgiving weekend of last year. While promoting his new film, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Hamill talked to the Los Angeles Times about his role in the upcoming blockbuster.

“I would have been completely okay with it not including us, but I do think having the original cast members there gives it a sense of continuity and scope. But mind you, it’s really about the new generation, it’s not about us.”

It makes sense, after all Luke, Han, and Leia are not getting any younger, and what can a bunch of old, rusty heroes do for The Force? The message was clear in the teaser, aside from the Stormtroopers and the Millenium Falcon, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will introduce us to new humans and droids as well.

Many agree that placing the beloved original characters in the background is the best thing for the franchise. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is essentially a sequel to Return of the Jedi, and takes place 30 years after the events of that film.

Mark Hamill is as eager as the next guy to see this new installment, but had some advice for fans who are dissecting every bit of news about the awaited film.

“Believe me, it will be here before you know it. Forget about it – that’s my advice. Look forward to all the summer movies. I’m telling you, it’s just a movie. These people who build it up in their minds like it’s going to be the second coming of, I don’t know what — they’re bound to be disappointed.”

Do you think Star Wars: The Force Awakens will live up to expectations?

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