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Star Wars’ Carrie Fisher And James Earl Jones Only Met A Few Months Ago

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Star WarsMost of us who have seen the original Star Wars trilogy probably assumed that most of the main actors associated with each other in at least a cursory manner, but at least two of the key players from 1977’s A New Hope had never met until just a few months ago. As it works out, it took and episode of CBS’ nerdy hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory to get Carrie Fisher and James Earl Jones in the same room at the same time.

Fisher, as you probably know, plays Princess Leia Organa in the first three films, and will reprise her role in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. Jones, on the other hand, lends his voice to the iconic villain of the franchise, Darth Vader, who also happens to be Leia’s secret father. Most of you are familiar with these movies, and while the two characters have scenes together throughout the franchise, Fisher and Jones never met. Darth Vader’s speaking voice is easily recognizable as Jones’, but the guy in that legendary black costume is bodybuilder David Prowse, or stuntman Bob Anderson during the those lightsaber battles. Jones and Fisher simply never had occasion to meet, that is until Big Bang came calling.

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Are Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, And Mark Hamill In London For Star Wars: Episode VII?

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han luke leia star warsEvery day that passes means we’re all a little bit closer to next year’s release of J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII, and that in turn means we’re even closer to the production start date for the long-gestating next entry in the Star Wars saga. And if we can extrapolate once more, it means we’re that much closer to finding something out about the movie that isn’t just a rumor, specifically whether or not Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher are seriously going to appear in the trilogy or not. For now, though, we’re playing Giant Freakin’ Detective and connecting some fairly obvious clues.

Fortunately, Entertainment Weekly did some of the dirty work for us, which is good since my private detective license didn’t arrive in the mail yet. They’ve rounded up examples placing Ford, Hamill, and Fisher all in the city of London, the home of Pinewood Studios, where much of Episode VII‘s production will take place. Sure, it’s possible that three of the most recognizable actors on the face of the planet can all be in the same city as the film that they’re supposedly starring in without it meaning anything, as coincidences are as common as midi-chlorians. But I don’t think we’d be hearing about their mini-vacations in such a mysterious manner.

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Carrie Fisher Could Spend A Long, Long Time Filming Star Wars: Episode VII

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Carrie FisherSince Disney and Lucasfilm first announced that there will be new Star Wars movies, it’s been assumed that the big three from the original trilogy will be back. We’re of course talking about Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), and though it hasn’t been officially confirmed, we’ve taken this as a forgone conclusion. What remains to be seen, however, is how big a part they will play. According to the latest Internet scuttlebutt, they could all have substantial roles, and may spend a fair amount of time filming on the London set.

Getting a straight answer out of Fisher about whether or not she’ll be in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII has been like trying to catch a greased weasel. She has indicated that she’ll be there a couple of times, and according to Australian comedian Jim Jefferies, she plans to be on set for almost half a year.

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Carrie Fisher Threatens James Earl Jones With A Bat In Tonight’s Big Bang Theory

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DoorstepIn George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy, the rebels go at Darth Vader and his cronies in a variety of ways. There are full-frontal assaults, sneak attacks, they even send his secret son after him. One thing they never tried, however, was to take a baseball bat to him. That could have worked. That’s essentially what looks to be happening in this first photo from tonight’s episode of the hit CBS sitcom The Big Bang theory, which reunites Princess Leia’s Carrie Fisher with the voice of Vader himself, James Earl Jones.

The premise of the episode is that the Big Bang gang, for the first time ever, is unable to procure tickets to Comic-Con. We’ve all been there. In a fit of bitterness, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) decides to hell with that noise and starts his own competing convention. When you tackle a project like that you need some star power to make people stand up and take notice, so Sheldon sets his sights on procuring Jones as a guest. This, as you probably imagined, leads to some mild shenanigans, and at some point, their crazy night involves winding up on Carrie Fisher’s doorstep.

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Big Bang Theory And Community Are Packed With Sci-Fi Cameos: Today In Science & Science Fiction

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Tonight’s a big one for sci-fi-related cameos. On CBS’ Big Bang Theory, not one but two Star Wars celebs will be visiting the show’s geeky realm. Tonight’s episode, “The Convention Conundrum,” has Sheldon annoyed that he couldn’t get tickets to next summer’s Comic-Con. Rather than just pouting about it, he decides to create his own convention, and somehow both Princess Leia and the voice of Darth Vader get involved. James Earl Jones will be playing himself, with Sheldon approaching the actor at a restaurant and winding up having crazy night with him. Here’s a clip.

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Before Carrie Fisher Returns To Star Wars She’ll Take A Trip To The Big Bang Theory

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Princess LeiaLong before we see Carrie Fisher reprise the most famous role of her career, as a certain Princess from Alderaan in Star Wars: Episode VII, we’ll have a chance to see her on the small screen. She’ll appear on FXX’s comedy Legit, which I had actually totally forgotten even existed, and the hit CBS’s sitcom The Big Bang Theory, which I just try to ignore. On this last adventure, she’ll be accompanied by another veteran of that far, far away galaxy, the voice of Darth Vader himself, and current shil for the cell phone companies, James Earl Jones.

According to TV Guide, the 57-year-old actress is scheduled to appear on Legit sometime later this season. Fisher will play tough as nails executive Angela Greenberg, who meets with Jim (Jim Jeffries) about developing his comedy routine into something bigger. She calls her character a “crass and confident showbiz woman who knows what she wants and doesn’t care what anyone else thinks.” In this particular situation, what she wants just so happens to be Jim, and not because he’s particularly funny or gifted in comedy. Fisher says, “She’s interested in him sexually and gets what she wants.”