Star Wars Cast: May the Force Be with Them, Today & Always

updated 05/04/2014 at 09:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/01/2014 04:50PM

"May the Fourth be with you."

It's been a busy week for Star Wars fans. First, the cast of the new J.J. Abrams-led installment(s) was revealed. Next, fans were either frozen with waves of warm nostalgia (or carbonite) after seeing their favorite elder cast members nearly 40 years on – or they were thrilled by the possibilities that fresh blood could bring to the franchise. Things were fraught, to say the least.

Well, we're here to prey on your heightened emotions. Whether you're a scruffy-looking nerf-herder or the proud owner of a ship that can make the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs (FYI, that's a tricky one: Both of those things refer to the same character!), you'll surely be transported to a time long, long ago by these photos of the Star Wars cast posing with their younger selves.

Carrie Fisher

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Carrie Fisher in 1980 and 2014

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"There... is another... Sky... Walker." (Get it?!)



Mark Hamill

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Mark Hamill, 1977 and 2013

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"Ah, I love this kid. He's such a joker. Hey, wait a minute ..."

Harrison Ford

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Harrison Ford, 1980 and 2011

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"Get off my plane. I mean, red carpet."

Billy Dee Williams

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Billy Dee Williams in 1992 and 2014

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They probably didn't have Colt .45 in a galaxy far, far away, but we bet Cloud City would have been a lot more fun if they did.

James Earl Jones

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James Earl Jones in 1980 and 2012

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James Earl Jones looks great for a guy who's been on the campaign trail in the Ukraine.


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Sarah Jessica Parker in 1985 and 2013

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