Above is the cast reuniting at Star Wars Celebration Europe. In order, Jeremy Bulloch (Original Boba Fett), Carrie Fisher(Princess Leia), Peter Mayhew(Chewbacca), Warwick Davis(Wicket), Ian McDiarmid(Emperor Palpatine), Anthony Daniels(C-3P0), and Mark Hamill(Luke Skywalker.)
Over in Germany many fans are gathering for Star Wars Celebration. It’s a place that fans get a chance to dress up in their favorite Star Wars costume. For those of us that can’t make it this year, there will be updates about what we are missing. Since it is the 30 years anniversary of Return of the Jedi there will be special press conferences, special screenings of Return of the Jedi and Attack of the Clones in 3D and a panel with Star Wars: Episode VII producer Kathleen Kennedy.
The cast expressed their thoughts while attending the 3 day event.
Ian McDiarmid: “George Lucas has always said that the first three movies are loved by many people but young kids would like the three prequels more than others would. And it’s absolutely true. What’s extraordinary about it is that they seem to get younger. Four year-olds and five year-olds seem to get it and are as excited about it as our generation was all those years ago. I rather thought that with the fast movement of movies and digital technology and all the many blockbusters around that Star Wars might seem a little old-fashioned. But the reverse is true. More people seem to find it more exciting than ever.”
Anthony Daniels: “One of the things that I’d add, because it comes out of Europe, is LEGO. LEGO Star Wars has so entranced the young generation and the stories through animation, whether it’s Clone Wars or the LEGO cartoons, children so relate to those images and stories. And as they grow up they see the films and so on. I regard this as being our pension plan. These young kids will grow up to have kids of their own.”
Mark Hamill: “It never ceases to amaze me, the passion of these fans,” he said. “First of all, they know more about the movies than I do and it’s just a wonderful energy that they bring. To see parents who were children when these were brand new, it jumps from generation to generation. I never expected that kind of longevity.”