Soooo… Some weeks ago, I started watching Star Wars. From movie 1 to 7 for the first time in my life. And *SURPRISE* I loved it. I loved it so damn much. I definitely wasn’t expecting this from myself, but here I am, obsessing over the movies, the characters and the cast (of course, I’m also loving the merch, but we’ll talk about that in another post). Today we’re gonna focus on the cast… On the differences between the cast from movies I to III and from movies IV to VI. I’m already getting excited about this!!!!!
If you are not a fan of the movies or haven’t watched them, you probably don’t know how things work, because, let’s be real, the saga itself is not easy to understand. For that reason, here’s a little introduction:
The first trilogy includes:
- Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace. (1999)
- Star Wars: Episode II, Attack of the Clones. (2002)
- Star Wars: Episode III, Revenge of the Sith. (2005)
It starts with Qui-Gon Jinn and young Obi-Wan Kenobi’s story (played by Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor, respectively). They are two Jedi Knights, who, trying to escape a blockade to find allies, find Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd in the first movie and Hayden Christensen in the next two), a kid, who, they believe, may bring balance to the Force and could save the Jedi Order.
The second trilogy starts nineteen years after Star Wars: Episode III, Revenge of the Sith (even though the first movie was released twenty-two years before) and it includes:
- Star Wars: Episode IV, A New Hope.
- Star Wars: Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back.
- Star Wars: Episode VI, Return of the Jedi.
There’s a Civil War happening. Rebel spaceships have won the first victory against the Galactic Empire. During the battle, rebels manage to steal the Empire’s secret plans: the Death Star, a space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet.
Meanwhile, Princess Leia (played by Carrie Fisher) attempts to get aboard the Tantive IV, a corvette in the service of her house, taking the stolen plans and hoping they can save her planet. However, she is intercepted by the Empire and imperial Stormtroopers take her to Darth Vader. What they don’t know is that, before being captured, Leia recorded a holographic message. She assigned R2-D2, a droid, the responsibility of taking the message to Obi-Wan Kenobi (played by Alec Guinness), a Jedi hiding on Tatooine. There, Luke Skywalker (played by Mark Hamill) finds the droid, who claims to be the property of the Jedi. Once they find him, they discover Leia’s message, and with Han Solo’s (played by Harrison Ford) help, they leave to save the princess.
Now that (hopefully!) the confusion is over, let’s get to the real thing:
I’m gonna be totally honest here: For me, absolutely nothing can compare to Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford. Leaving aside the fact that these three are AMAZING actors individually, there’s something about them working together that gets me every time, from episode IV to The Force Awakens (episode VII), their work truly amazes me. I don’t know what it is, but there’s something: It might be chemistry, or some kind of weird connection going on, or maybe just my love for their characters and my absolute adoration for every Star Wars movie with them on it.
And with all of this, I don’t mean to say that the other movies aren’t great. Indeed, they really are, and they have incredibly talented and brilliant actors (Natalie Portman!!!! Ewan McGregor!!!! Liam Neeson!!!!). But please, PLEASE.
There’s a (very) little possibility of all of this changing, because we have some new faces on the new movies (Star Wars: Episode VII, The Force Awakens, with Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver and Rogue One, with Felicity Jones and Diego Luna (now on cinema!)), but, for now, I’m gonna stick to my favourite trio.