Fans of the original “Star Wars” trilogy are about to get another surprise in director J.J. Abrams' upcoming seventh installment to the franchise, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Newly leaked images indicate that two minor characters from the original movies will make their way back to the silver screen, and this is not a trap.
According to leaked alleged promotional images from the site Episode VII News, the new movie will feature the return of two alien allies to the rebel alliance who originally appeared in the first three “Star Wars” films, Episodes IV, V and VI. The first is an image of Admiral Ackbar (R), an alien who became famous on the Internet in recent years for his iconic reading of the line “It’s a trap!”
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The second returning character is one whose name isn’t necessarily recognizable to any but the most die-hard “Star Wars” fans. Nien Nunb (L), the jowled alien who co-piloted the Millennium Falcon when Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) flew it during the climactic battle of Endor in “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.”
As CinemaBlend pointed out, it’s difficult to tell if the watermarked images are characters in costume or puppets. Either way, the photos seem to show these two characters having aged since their respective last appearances. This has led other sites such as MakingStarWars -- which has been a reputable source of leaked plot details from the film’s production in the past -- to agree that the pictures probably are real and that fans will see Admiral Ackbar and Nien Nunb return in “The Force Awakens.”
Admittedly, these two characters don’t merit the same level of excitement as original trilogy cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill reprising their roles as Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker. However, it’s still exciting for true fans of “Star Wars” to see some old characters from the original coming back for the 2015 update.
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