Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher to diet for 'Star Wars'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 26 June 2013
Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher

'Star Wars' veterans Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher have reportedly been told to slim down for 'Star Wars Episode VII' so they resemble their characters in the earlier films

'Star Wars' actors Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher have reportedly been told to diet for the forthcoming film.

Producers of the eagerly anticipated 'Star Wars Episode VII' want Hamill, 61, and Fisher, 56 - who played Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia 36 years ago in the original 'Star Wars' trilogy - to slim down so they are able to resemble their characters in the earlier films.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "Mark and Carrie need to be as close to their appearance in the earlier movies as possible. Producers are keen to help out and have offered support.

"The budget is huge so there will be no expense spared."

The actors will be supplied with a nutritionist and fitness trainer to ensure they are in good shape before filming starts.

It appears 71-year-old Harrison Ford - who played Han Solo in the original films - will not be under the same pressure as producers are happy with his physique.

The trio are being reunited for the much anticipated sci-fi blockbuster which will be directed by J.J. Abrams, after Disney bought the rights to 'Star Wars' from creator George Lucas for almost £2.6 billion last year.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • 5 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 2h 16min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
  • Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker
  • UK release: 17 December 2015

From the ashes of the Empire, the villainous First Order rises up to destroy Luke Skywalker (Hamill) – but where is he? Fans can rejoice: Episode VII is sensational and surprisingly emotional, with a finely-crafted script and effects that never overpower the performances. Star Wars is back in a big way.

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