Star Wars: Radio Series

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Star Wars: The Original Radio Drama – The New Hope

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The original Star Wars radio drama was a thirteen-part expanded radio adaptation of the original Star Wars film, produced in 1981 and broadcast by National Public Radio as part of NPR Playhouse. It was adapted by Brian Daley and directed by John Madden and published by HighBridge Audio. It is the first in a series of radio dramatizations of the original Star Wars trilogy; Following its success, two more radio dramatizations were produced, of The Empire Strikes Back (1983) and Return of the Jedi (1996).

Star Wars Original Radio Drama Cast

Several actors reprised their roles in the film.
Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels return as Luke Skywalker and C-3PO.

Mark Hamill – Luke Skywalker
Anthony Daniels – C-3PO
Ann Sachs – Princess Leia Organa
Perry King – Han Solo
Bernard Behrens – Obi-Wan Kenobi
Brock Peters – Lord Darth Vader
Keene Curtis – Grand Moff Tarkin
John Considine – Lord Tion
Stephen Elliott – Prestor (Bail Organa)
David Ackroyd – Captain Antilles
Adam Arkin – Fixer
Kale Browne – Biggs Darklighter
David Clennon – Motti
Anne Gerety – Aunt Beru
Thomas Hill – Uncle Owen
David Paymer – Deak
Joel Brooks – Heater
John Dukakis – Rebel
Stephanie Steele – Cammie
Phillip Kellard – Customer No. 2

The supporting cast included James Blendick, Clyde Burton, Bruce French, David Alan Grier, Jerry Hardin, John Harkins, Scott Jacoby, Meshach Taylor, Marc Vahanian, John Welsh, and Kent Williams. Ken Hiller provides the narration.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Radio Drama

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The success of the first series led to a 10-part, four-hour 15 minute series based on the 1980 film The Empire Strikes Back, again written by Daley and directed by Madden. The series debuted on NPR on February 14, 1983.

The Empire Strikes Back expands on the movie’s story and incorporates new scenes such an Imperial attack on a Rebel convoy taking place before the film’s original opening scene and a tense conversation between Solo and Skywalker when the two are stranded in the Hoth wastelands.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Radio Drama Cast

Billy Dee Williams reprised Lando Calrissian, and John Lithgow played Yoda. Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels return as Luke Skywalker and C-3PO.

Mark Hamill – Luke Skywalker
Billy Dee Williams – Lando Calrissian
Anthony Daniels – C-3PO
Perry King – Han Solo
Ann Sachs – Princess Leia Organa
Bernard Behrens – Obi-Wan Kenobi
Brock Peters – Lord Darth Vader
John Lithgow – Yoda
James Eckhouse – Beta
Peter Friedman – Dak
Ron Frazier – Deck Officer
Merwin Goldsmith – General Rieekan
Peter Michael Goetz – Ozzel
Gordon Gould – Veers
Paul Hecht – The Emperor
Russell Horton – 2-1B
James Hurdle – Controller
Nicholas Kepros – Needa
David Rasche – Piett
Alan Rosenberg – Boba Fett
Jay O. Sanders – Imperial Pilot
Don Scarino – Wedge

The supporting cast again included David Alan Grier and also included Sam McMurray, Steven Markle, Stephen D. Newman, John Pielmeier, Geoffrey Pierson, Gary Tacon, and Jerry Zaks. Ken Hiller provides the narration.

Star Wars: Return of The Jedi Radio Drama

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Like the preceding series, Return of the Jedi expanded its story by incorporating new scenes. One depicts Luke Skywalker constructing a new lightsaber for himself. The audio drama also introduces a dancer calling herself Arica in Jabba the Hutt’s palace with the intention of later revealing “Arica” as in fact the Star Wars Expanded Universe character of Luke Skywalker’s future wife Mara Jade. Jade was established to have been present there in the Timothy Zahn trilogy of novels beginning with Heir to the Empire.

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Radio Drama Cast

The Return of the Jedi radio series used many of the original radio cast, though Joshua Fardon took over as Luke and Arye Gross replaced Billy Dee Williams as Lando. Ed Begley Jr. was the voice of Boba Fett and Edward Asner, speaking only in Huttese, voiced Jabba the Hutt. The only actor who starred in all the feature films, and all three radio dramas, was Anthony Daniels as C-3PO.

Edward Asner – Jabba The Hutt
Anthony Daniels – C-3PO
Joshua Fardon – Luke Skywalker
Perry King – Han Solo
Ann Sachs – Princess Leia Organa
Bernard Behrens – Obi-Wan Kenobi
Arye Gross – Lando Calrissian
Paul Hecht – The Emperor
John Lithgow – Yoda
Brock Peters – Lord Darth Vader
Ed Begley Jr. – Boba Fett
Samantha Bennett – Arica
David Birney – Anakin Skywalker
Peter Dennis – Moff Jerjerrod
David Dukes – Bib Fortuna
Peter Michael Goetz – General Madine
Ian Gomez – Salacious Crumb
Martin Jarvis – Barada
Jon Matthews – Wedge
Natalia Nogulich – Mon Mothma
Mark Adair Rios – Admiral Ackbar
Yeardley Smith – 9D9
Tom Virtue – Major Derlin

The supporting cast included Rick Hall, Andrew Hawkes, Sherman Howard, Karl Johnson, John Kapelos, Ron Le Paz, Joe Liss, Paul Mercier, Steven Petrarca, Jonathan Penner, Gil Segel, Nia Vardalos, and Ron West. Ken Hiller provides the narration.

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