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May the waxworks be with you

Credit: Madame Tussauds London

Madame Tussauds in London has announced a new series of exhibits that will give Star Wars fans the chance to walk among the iconic characters from the films.

Jedi Master Yoda is the first wax figure to be revealed, in a re-creation of his swamp in the Dagobah system.

This is the first of 11 walk-through scenes which will bring visitors face to face with 16 heroes and villains from the sci-fi franchise.

Warwick Davis announces he will be in Star Wars VII

Actor and household name Warwick Davis has confirmed he will appear in the next Star Wars film, currently being filmed at London's Pinewood Studios.

The 44-year-old announced via a comedy video on YouTube that he will be appearing in Star Wars: Episode VII, following on from roles in two previous installments of the saga.

Davis has already played Wicket the Ewok in 1983's Return Of The Jedi and he took the roles of Weazel and Wald in The Phantom Menace in 1999.

No details of the plot for the new instalment have been released, but it is set 30 years on from the events of the 1983 film Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return Of The Jedi.

Original Star Wars actors Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker are back and will be joined by new cast including Adam Driver, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o and Max von Sydow.

Use the Force - Romford!

Yoda's fans will be out in force Credit: PA

A man who was an extra in the original Star Wars film is hosting his own convention in Romford today. Nick Joseph played a medal bearer in the first film, A New Hope, released in 1977. He has been hosting the conventions so fans of the films can have the chance to meet their heroes.

Darth Vader himself - or at least Dave Prowse who played him - is the special guest at the Harold Hill Community Centre.


100 lots up auction celebrating 100 years of pop culture

100 lots have gone up for auction at Christies, celebrating 100 years of pop culture. the auction is being held entirely online. It runs until 5 December and features costumes, props, photographs, original artwork, instruments and personal items. Estimates for lots range from £800 to £30,000.

Imperial Stormtrooper helmet used in the 1977 movie "Star Wars: A New Hope"

The helmet, which is expected to fetch 3,000 to 5,000 pounds Credit: PA Wire

An engraved K-Modified Selmar trumpet once owned by Louis Armstrong

The trumpet, which is expected to fetch £6,000 to £8,000 Credit: PA Wire

A Givenchy gown worn by Audrey Hepburn in the 1964 movie "Paris When It Sizzles"

The gown is expected to fetch £8,000 to £12,000 Credit: PA Wire

Star Wars auditions hit London

Stormtroopers in Leicester Square Credit: Reuters

A open casting call for the new Star Wars film is taking place this weekend in the capital.

As many as 3,000 people are expected to turn up to try and secure their place in the film, with the franchise attracting an enormous global fan base.

Producers are looking to fill two major roles - a 17 year old girl named Rachel and a character called Thomas in his early twenties.

It will be held at Twickenham Stadium today and tomorrow from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.