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Hamill: Star Wars 7 made by fans

Mark Hamill has claimed that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is being made by fans of the original trilogy.

The 63-year-old actor is set to reprise his role as Luke Skywalker in the seventh instalment of the sci-fi series, alongside returning co-stars Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, and a new generation of cast members including Oscar Isaac, John Boyega and Adam Driver.

The upcoming film is being directed by JJ Abrams, a self-confessed fan of the Star Wars saga.

"The most interesting aspect from my point of view is that [Star Wars] is now in the hands of the generation who were fans," he told Coming Soon.

"It's the next generation of filmmakers who were sort of weened on these pictures," he added.

Mark also joked about the increased security on the new Star Wars film, with fancy gadgets and technology being used to get spoilers from the set.

"You know, the security on it is just crazy," he said. "I'm surprised I can even admit I'm in it!

"It's a whole different era now. When we made the original films, you had the odd reporter hanging around the studio bribing people to give them stories. Now, I said to them, 'Do I really have to wear this robe and this hood that covers my entire head to go from the trailer to the soundstage?' They said, 'Yeah, there's drones'."

He added: "Seriously! There's drones flying over the studio trying to get pictures of whatever they can get pictures of."

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is scheduled for release in December 2015.

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