Flagstaff, Ariz. – The classic “Star Wars” film that launched a science fiction empire is being dubbed in the Navajo language.
A handful of Navajo speakers translated the script for “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.” Now people are being sought to fill some two dozen roles.
Casting calls are scheduled Monday in Burbank, Calif., and next Friday and Saturday at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Ariz.
Potential actors don’t have to sound exactly like Princess Leia or Luke Skywalker but should deliver the lines with character.
Museum Director Manuelito Wheeler said he sees the translation as an entertaining way to preserve the Navajo language.
Woman, four children die in Georgia fire
Newnan, Ga. – A woman and four young children died early Saturday as a fire engulfed a home in west Georgia, and authorities said only an 11-year-old girl who was woken by her mother escaped. The woman died trying to save the remaining children.
Firefighters were alerted at 1:17 a.m. Saturday to the blaze at the single-story home in Newnan, about 40 miles southwest of Atlanta. Georgia state Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens ruled that the fire was accidental and appeared to have originated in an electrical panel in the home’s den area.
The fire killed Alonna T. McCrary, 27, as well as her 5-year-old daughter, Eriel McCrary, and 2-year-old daughter, Nikia White. Two other children – Messiah White, 3, and McKenzie Florence, 2 – also died. The two were sleeping over at the home.
A fifth child, 11-year-old Nautica McCrary, escaped the burning home and was taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. She has since been released.