'Star Wars: The Force Awakens': The Original Actors Then & Now (PHOTOS)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is igniting a new fire in fans eagerly awaiting the film's release on December 18 -- even as the film's plot and details about characters and costumes have been shrouded in unprecedented secrecy

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We do know that while the new chapter boasts fresh faces, veterans like Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill, who all appeared in first movie -- 1977's Star Wars (later renamed Episode IV: A New Hope) -- are back to fight for interstellar peace and justice. Here's a look at what the six returning actors have been up to since making history nearly 40 years ago.

 

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