ByKit Simpson Browne, writer at Creators.co
Writer-at-large. Bad jokes aplenty. Can be gently prodded on Twitter at @kitsb1
Kit Simpson Browne

Love Star Wars? Of course you do. It's awesome.

Sadly, though, that also means you're most likely being gripped by the same existential angst that I - and the whole of the Moviepilot team - have, otherwise known as 'Literally Cannot Wait for Episode VII Fever.'

Never fear, though - there's a solution - which is lucky, really... I was starting to hallucinate Ewoks.

That solution?

The Original Trilogy.

Specifically, looking back to the first three Star Wars movies, and basking in their awesome, awesome glow.

The thing is, though - that whole process of going back to the original's reminded us of something. Something...pretty huge.

The Original Star Wars Cast Has Changed...A Lot.

These fresh faced young folks, being interviewed back in July, 1977?

Which Harrison Ford doesn't seem thrilled about.
Which Harrison Ford doesn't seem thrilled about.

Well, that was a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...

1977, to be precise.

So, when that long-awaited sequel finally does arrive, we're not going to see our favorite characters look anything like we're expecting.

I mean, remember...

Fresh Faced Farmboy Luke Skywalker

With the ultra-70's hair...
With the ultra-70's hair...

As burned into our young retinas by a boyishly handsome Mark Hamill - who quickly became the one most of us wanted to be when we were playing Star Wars as kids.

Despite this being terrifying...
Despite this being terrifying...

Well, he's now...

Bad-Ass, Grizzled Wild Man Luke Skywalker

With bonus unlock-able Joker voice.
With bonus unlock-able Joker voice.

Who's equally kick-ass - but in a much more Obi Wan Kenobi sort of way.

And when we say Kenobi - we mean full on, 'Old Ben'-style, Tatooine dwelling vagabond Kenobi:

Yes...yes...
Yes...yes...

Because...awesome?

How about everyone's favorite stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerf herder, though?

Chisel-Jawed, Indiana Jones-Ready Han Solo

Seen here, being who you've always wanted to be.
Seen here, being who you've always wanted to be.

Who, being Harrison Ford in his day to day life, remains the most recognizable of the Star Wars cast, what with his having been an A-List movie star for most of the last 35 or so years.

Even so, though, it's kind of surprising that he turned into...

Pretty Much Just a Slightly Older Han Solo

Seen here, being who you want to eventually be.
Seen here, being who you want to eventually be.

I mean, it's as though Ford made a deal with some sort of devilish entity to keep him looking exactly like an older version of his most iconic character (sorry, Indy).

Which, seeing as he reportedly never wanted to make a Star Wars movie again, seems unlikely (also for all the other reasons), but we're sticking with it anyway.

How about the third part of the holy Star Wars trinity, though?

Iconic, Bun-Haired Princess Leia

And...cue hearts breaking.
And...cue hearts breaking.

As infused into a million teen fantasies by Carrie Fisher, especially since she was about as bad-ass as an on-screen princess had ever been at that point (you're welcome, Disney's Frozen).

Since then, though - by way of rocking a best-selling writing career - Fisher has changed a whole lot.

And, somehow, become...even more bad-ass, looking like a...

Tough, Galactic-Presidential Princess Leia

And that's why you don't just imprison a rebel princess...
And that's why you don't just imprison a rebel princess...

So, just throwing it out there, if Fisher ends up playing a tough-as-nails, Hillary Clinton-esque version of Leia in Episode VII - it might just be because that's exactly what she already looks like...

Also, how do she and Mark Hamill now look way more like siblings?

Way, way more...
Way, way more...

The force is strong with them, indeed...

How about their dark-side infused father, though?

Or, rather...

The Bad-asses You Didn't See Play Darth Vader

Seen here not appearing on screen in Star Wars.
Seen here not appearing on screen in Star Wars.

Namely theatrical legend James Earl Jones, who voiced Vader, and British bodybuilder Dave Prowse, who was the man inside the suit.

Well, sure, neither of them got to appear on screen in Star Wars in what you might call a recognizable way - but that doesn't make them any less iconic.

Especially seeing as they now look like...

Your Grandpa...If He Was Darth Vader

Seen here looking awesomely distinguished...
Seen here looking awesomely distinguished...

Which, lets be honest, is the one thing all of our grandfathers fundamentally let us down by not being. Unless, of course, your grandpa actually is James Earl Jones of Dave Prowse, in which case - can we borrow him?

Jones and Prowse weren't the only Star Wars legends whose faces never got the chance to appear on screen, though.

There was also...

The Gargantuan Awesomeness of Chewbacca

On the right there, being all awesome.
On the right there, being all awesome.

Otherwise known as Peter Mayhew. Who is over 7 feet tall. Which is awesome in and of itself.

He's also, though, somehow set to remain just as awesome over the years - becoming a fan favorite at 'Cons, and completely embracing his most iconic role.

So, the fact that he hasn't changed quite as much as you'd think is well deserved, with Mayhew instead being...

Just as Awesome a Chewbacca as Ever

With even better hair.
With even better hair.

Plus, he returns in Episode VII.

How about, though, the original Star Wars' biggest breakout stars...

The Brains Behind C-3PO and R2-D2

And their hilarious headgear.
And their hilarious headgear.

Otherwise known as Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and Kenny Baker (R2-D2), also known as the two most popular droids in the galaxy.

Who, again, we didn't get the chance to see on screen in the Star Wars movies - and yet are still shockingly familiar. Possibly even more so when you see them in more recent photos...

Looking all distinguished and what not.
Looking all distinguished and what not.

The best part? They're totally going to be back for Episode VIII, too...

OK. One last dose of Original Trilogy Star Wars...

So. Much. Awesome.
So. Much. Awesome.

Ahhhhhhhhh...

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