The cast for Star Wars Episode VII was officially announced today by Walt Disney Pictures and LucasFilm! As rumored, Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), and Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa Solo) will be returning to defend a galaxy, far far away along with many newcomers including Andy Serkis and John Boyega. See who else will be returning and joining the cast on this next adventure after the break.
Without further ado, here is your cast for Star Wars Episode VII: John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver (HBO’s Girls; Frances Ha), Oscar Isaac (Inside Lllewyn Davis; Sucker Punch), Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings; Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (About Time; Anna Karenina), and Max von Sydow (The Exorcist; Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close).
These seven will be joining Ford, Fisher, and Hamill along with other cast members from the original trulogy including Anthony Daniels (C-3P0), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), and Kenny Baker (R2-D2).
Included in this casting announcement was a short word from director J.J. Abrams, stating:
“We are so excited to finally share the cast of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’ It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”
A very diverse cast of actors. I would assume Serkis has been chosen for his motion capture brilliance, but hopefully he will not be playing a Gungan. Set thirty-five years after the events of Return of the Jedi, I would assume Daisy Ridley (a very fresh face in Hollywood) and Adam Driver will be playing Han and Leia’s twins, Jaina and Jacen Solo (if they even decide to use those characters). Based on Max von Sydow’s age and reputation, I could see him playing an old Sith Lord with Oscar Isaac as his apprentice. Gleeson and Boyega I am predicting will be apprentices of Luke Skywalker. These are all speculations, but I hope for the best with all of these newcomers.
I’m kinda bummed Saoirse Ronan didn’t get to join the cast, she has a lot of virility, which we’ve seen in Hanna. Michael B. Jordan and Lupita N’yongo were also rumored to have been in talks to join the cast. They would have made a nice addition as we’ve seen in their dramatic roles in Fruitvale Station and 12 Years a Slave, respectively.
Ever since the announcement of Star Wars Episode VII casting has been the biggest concern for most fans. I think this young cast is just what they needed and I have confidence in all of them.
Working alongside J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan has written the screenplay with Abrams; Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing; and John Williams returns as the composer.
Star Wars: Episode VII is scheduled to hit theaters on December 18, 2015.
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