The Empire Strikes Back Cast Reunited, Partially

The Empire Strikes Back Cast Reunited, Partially

The Empire Strikes Back was released in the U.S. 30 years ago this week. On Wednesday, some of its stars (and friends) attended an anniversary screening.

See, Empire Strike Back Xbox Live Avatars aren’t the only 30th anniversary happening for this sci-fi classic. The Wednesday screening was a benefit for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital and took place in Los Angeles at the Arclight theatre.

(Pics by Angela Weiss, Getty Images Entertainment)

Billy Dee Williams (Lando!), Harrison Ford (Han!), Peter Mayhew (Chewie!) and Ewan McGregor (Ben Kenobi?). Not the lightsaber walking stick.[imgclear]


  • Gasp! Where’s Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill?
    Where Kenny Baker? Anthony Daniels?

    Hell, what about James Earl Jones?

    While I enjoyed Ewan McGregor’s portrayal of Obi-Wan, I don’t really think he should be included in group shots of Empire cast members…

    • It’s funny though, I think Ewan kind of knows he shouldn’t be there. He looks uncomfortable to say the least.

  • Simpson and Wentz… yeh… I’m at a loss there too… otherwise awesome photos 😀 Nice to see the Clone Wars cartoon voice actors getting some love too 🙂

  • Where is Luke Skywalker, the original Ben Kenobi, Darth Vader and the Emperor?

    How can the Emperor Strike back when there is no Emperor?

    • Well they could have brought along the original Ben Kenobi (Sir Alec Guiness btw) but I don’t think he would be terribly awe inspiring having been dead for the last 10 years.
      And as for Mark Hamill… who knows… I heard he basically refuses to do any voiceover work or similar for the Luke Skywalker character because of the fact he doesn’t want to be stuck doing it forever…

      • Actually he went on record recently to say that noone has ever asked him to do it. Kotaku had an article on it back in January actually!

        “Yet, even after finding a career as a successful voice actor in cartoons and video games, Hamill has never voiced Skywalker in any of the Star Wars games. But why?

        “When I played Luke from 1977 to 1983, games were in their infancy,” the actor said in a recent interview with PC Zone. “I talked about turning a page and starting a new chapter. Those movies had a beginning, middle and end, and everyone sort of moved on… I don’t really know how to answer that, because I’ve never been asked to do it. That’s fine, though.”

        The 58-year-old Hamill concedes that he is too old for the role of young Skywalker. “If you’re playing Luke the way he was in the films — from his late teens to mid-’20s — I’ve outgrown the role.” But Hamill certainly hasn’t outgrown an older Skywalker — certainly ripe material for a game.”

        • Ahh cool, thanks for clearing that up. Yeah I wasn’t 100% sure on the details… but at least he’s sensible about it… not just doing it for the sake of doing it. And besides… he’s almost as well known as the voice of the Joker…

  • It’s James Arnold Taylor, not Jacob 🙂

    For the rest of the pics + the story, check it out at the article on the event:

    @Bigkid: The original Obi-wan Kenobi, Sir Alec Guinness, died in 2000 🙁

    @The Cracks: Guessing they were all busy and couldn’t come. Mark is still fairly active doing voice-over work for cartoons/video games, Carrie just released a book and is doing PR tours/stuff for it. Anthony Daniels is still heavily involved with Star Wars as he’s the MC for Star Wars in Concert – a big touring stadium show where they show Clips from the various movies on a big screen and an orchestra plays the music live.

    As for Kenny Baker, no idea. Ditto for James Earl Jones.

    Re: Ewan being in the group shots as he wasn’t in ESB, it was a Lucasarts/Star Wars event and they’ve invited all involved with Star Wars, past & present. Hence why the Clone Wars peeps were there too, as they’re all people who are actively involved with the SW universe.

    What *was* impressive is the fact that Harrison Ford and Ewan McGregor showed up for it. Especially given they’re both been fairly cold-ish towards the Saga since they stopped filming them.

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