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'Exorcist' star signed on to new 'Star Wars' films

Max Von Sydow of "The Exorcist" fame, possibly trying his hand at the force
Photo by Pascal Le Segretain

Max Von Sydow, who played Father Merrill in the "Exorcist" has been among those announced as new "Star Wars" cast members yesterday, April 29th 2014 as Yahoo Movies has reported.

The fans have been eagerly awaiting any word since the announcement last year that Disney would be continuing the series and courting the original castmembers to appear.

J.J. Abrams, of "Star Trek" fame, is slated to direct the screenplay he co-wrote with Lawrence Kasdan. J.J. Abrams is under a great deal of pressure as fans hope that he handles the Star Wars franchise as deftly as he has the Star Trek series, which starred Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine

Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Peter Mayhew are all on board to reprise their original roles and have also been spotted at various locations in London England, where shooting will soon commence.

It is not clear if Von Sydow will be Jedi, Republic, or Sith, but as his reputation and past roles indicate, fans speculate he'd be a fantastic antagonist for the new intergalactic heroes.
Von Sydow has also portrayed villians in not only “The Exorcist” but also Stephen King’s “Needful Things” and “Strange Brew”, where he played Brewmeister, the evil mastermind working on a beer formula that controlled minds.
Earlier in 2013, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill teased on twitter about being officially signed, holding out on any official word, while Ford was grilled on late night tv shows, he also avoided stating for sure whether he was returning as the space pirate Han Solo.
The Original franchise also saw its own horror roots as well, casting Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin, overseer of the Empire and builder of the original Death Star. Cushing has been well known with playing “Dracula” and various Roger Corman films.

The movies are set 35 years after "Return of the Jedi" and focus on the children of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia. The release date will be December 2015.
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