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Han Solo, Luke and Leia back for new Star Wars: Disney

Published on Apr 30, 2014 3:46 AM

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The original "Star Wars" movie blasted its way onto screens a long time ago, in a cinema galaxy seemingly far, far away - but Han, Luke and Leia will be back soon.

On Tuesday, Disney announced the cast of the film entering production under the name "Star Wars: Episode VII", after months of frenzied speculation among the sci-fi saga's passionate fans.

Harrison Ford may no longer quite have space smuggler Han Solo's roguish good looks, and co-star Mark Hamill will fill out Luke Skywalker's flowing Jedi knight robes a little more thoroughly than once he did.

But fans of the saga - many of them bitterly disappointed by a series of prequels to the three-decade-old original trilogy - will welcome their return and that of Carrie Fisher's bold Princess Leia.

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