With the recent purchase by Disney of the Star Wars franchise, it is a good time to look at what’s kept the Skywalker clan busy since, and where are they now, before they have a chance to (possibly or possibly not) get started with Episode VII work.
Mark Hamill was only 26 when the original Star Wars movie came out. He’s 61 now. Since the original trilogy, Mark has done some movies and television work, but has mostly focused on Broadway and becoming a voice talent. His biggest claim to fame here is the voice of The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series from the mid 1990s, with similar roles in later related productions. You may even recognize his voice in some video games, too. Look for him, or at least his voice, in the current Dreamworks television production, Dragons: Riders of Berk.
While the film editor’s baby Aidan Barton made a brief appearance as baby Leia in Episode III, the portrayal best known is that by fan favorite Carrie Fisher. Previously, Carrie was only known as the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds, and for her role in the 1975 movie Shampoo. Since the film, she’s had various drug problems and also battles with bipolar disorder. She’s also penned multiple books, including the autobiographical book Wishful Drinking and the best seller Postcards from the Edge. Wishful Drinking started as her travelling one-woman show, while the latter ended up on film. She continues to work regularly in the industry, from her voiceover work in Family Guy as Peter’s boss Angela to spots in Weeds, Scream 3, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, and Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, among numerous others. According to a recent TMZ report, Carrie would love to be in Episode 7.
Young Anakin Skywalker
Jake Lloyd held the lead role in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace as a young Anakin Skywalker at age 10. While he had some television and film work prior to Star Wars, he’s done nothing since, and has no plans to. Instead, he retired from acting and went to Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana. Recently, he completed his degree for his film and video studies at Columbia College in Chicago.
Older Anakin Skywalker
The last addition to the Skywalker clan, at least for now, is Hayden Christensen. His portrayal of the younger Anakin and Darth Vader in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith seals his fame. He is currently best known as the boyfriend of The OC star Rachel Bilson, having packed up together and moved to a new home. He’s had some random roles since Star Wars and also did animation voice over work (Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey). He hasn’t been seen on the screen since 2010, but he has some projects that are ongoing.
The elder Anakin can’t be left out here, black cape and all. Is he really last, even though he was first? Here you have the voice of James Earl Jones, with multiple people playing the physical form. David Prowse was the primary actor here for episodes IV – VI with Bob Anderson as the lightsaber-dueling stunt double. Sebastian Shaw was the face with the mask off and ghost at the very end of Episode VI. Bob and Sebastian have since passed. David authored his biography Straight From The Force’s Mouth in 2011 and you can read about his latest antics at The Official David Prowse Web Site. Of course, you can hear James Earl Jones daily with ‘This is CNN’ and as Mufasa in the Disney animated film The Lion King, among many other film, television, and voiceover works.
Who will join the family next? If any of the prior non-film fiction comes into play, look for Solo siblings Jacen and Jaina, with a possible third Anakin. Perhaps Jacen will turn to the dark side and we’ll have a leading female protagonist playing Jaina.
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