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Star Wars still the force, 40 years on

Friday, April 14, 2017 - 01:26

Fans of the ''Star Wars'' saga are gathered in Orlando, Florida this weekend for a convention celebrating the 40th anniversary of the franchise's first installment. Nathan Frandino reports.

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The force has come to Orlando, where George Lucas and his creative collaborators are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their Star Wars franchise. Thousands of fans from near... and far, far away have traveled to join the party. (SOUNDBITE) (English) "STAR WARS" CREATOR AND DIRECTOR, GEORGE LUCAS, SAYING: "There have been fan conventions and things that kept it alive. It's pretty amazing." The first "Star Wars" film, "Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope" opened in U.S. theaters in May 1977. It's spawned several sequels, spin-offs, animations, and generations of fans. Cast members Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams and Peter Mayhew have come to Orlando...along with... "Harrison Ford." Ford played the charismatic scoundrel-turned-hero Han Solo... killed in the December 2015 sequel "The Force Awakens". The next installment "The Last Jedi" is due out in December. Hamill, whose Jedi knight character Luke Skywalker is expected to return as a principal role in the next film, says the fan support is overwhelming. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR, MARK HAMILL, SAYING: "Everyone has a story, you know it's become such a fabric of our culture." A fabric of our culture...and our galaxy...

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Star Wars still the force, 40 years on

Friday, April 14, 2017 - 01:26