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Disney takes the Mickey with Star Wars pic of Mark Hamill and the Mouse

Mickey Mouse as a Jedi Knight? It's every Star Wars fan's worst nightmare - and it's just come true.

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It's photographic confirmation of every Star Wars fan's worst fears: it's Mickey Mouse dressed as a Jedi Knight, with an ageing Luke at his side.

George Lucas may be rolling in cash thanks to the $4.1 billion sale of his company Lucasfilm – and, more importantly, the rights to the Star Wars franchise he created – to The Walt Disney Company in December 2012, but Obi-Wan would surely be turning in his grave (well, if he had one).

Fans of the first three films – technically episodes IV, V and VI of what Lucas originally envisaged as a trilogy of trilogies – have expressed concerns that the series could suffer ''Disneyfication'' as its new owners seek to appeal to an even younger audience and to sell even more merchandise.

True, that might fly in that face of certain facts – the audience for the original films was pretty young, and the first Star Wars film in 1977 practically invented the modern era of film tie-in merchandising. But still, Mickey-Wan Kenobi could be pushing things just a little too far.

The image, released by Disney to spruik a Star Wars event at the company's Hollywood Studios this weekend, features Mickey in Jedi robes and Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the first three films, in civvies. Both are wielding light sabres.


Hamill – along with fellow original cast members Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Kenny Baker (R2D2), Anthony Daniels (C3PO) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) – will reprise his role in Star Wars: Episode VII, which is currently in production in London.

The J.J. Abrams-directed film, slated for release in December 2015, is the first in a projected trilogy picking up the story 30 years after the events of the third film in the series, The Return of the Jedi (1983). It will be the first new feature film in the franchise since 2005's Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

There's one good thing about the image: Hamill appears to be in reasonably good shape. But as for Mickey, all we can say is the Farce is strong with this one, Luke.

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