The moment we have all been waiting for! Lucasfilm officially announced the cast for Star Wars: Episode VII…
The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.
Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.
Director J.J. Abrams says, “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.”
Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.
Few details about the cast by THR:
(click on the names for the IMDb page)
Boyega had a breakout role as Moses in 2011’s sci-fi pic Attack the Block, directed by Joe Cornish. The 22-year old British actor, whose other film credits include Half of a Yellow Sun (which also starred Chiwetel Ejiofor), will next appear in the limited TV series 24: Live Another Day. He’s repped by CAA and Management 360.
Ridley is a newcomer whose past credits are mostly comprised of TV appearances and short films. The British actress appeared on the British TV shows Mr Selfridge and Silent Witness. She’s repped by Jonathan Arun Talent in the U.K.
Driver, who will play a villain, has come into the spotlight in the past two years for his breakout role as Lena Dunham’s volatile boyfriend on HBO’s series Girls. The 30-year-old actor also had a memorable part in The Coen Brother’s Inside Llewyn Davis. Driver took a unique path to acting: He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was deployed to Iraq, and, after he was discharged, went to the University of Indianapolis for a year before transferring to the Juilliard. He appeared in 2011’s J. Edgar, and has had TV roles on Law & Order and The Unusuals. He’s repped by The Gersh Agency.
Isaac had a breakout role in the Coen Brother’s 2013 film Inside Llewyn Davis, playing a struggling musician in 1960s New York. Born in Guatemala and raised in Florida, Isaac graduated from the Juilliard School where he studied drama. The actor’s early work included Robin Hood, Sucker Punch and W.E. He then played Carey Mulligan’s husband in Nicolas Winding Refn’s dark film Drive. Repped by UTA and Inspire Entertainment, Isaac’s has wrapped work on J.C. Chandor’s upcoming film A Most Violent Year and has two other films in the can: sci-fi drama Ex Machina and thriller Mojave starring Mark Wahlberg.
Serkis is known for his motion capture work in some of the biggest films from the past few years. He created the role of ring-hungry Gollum in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and plays intelligent ape Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Serkis, 50, earned a Golden Globe nom for playing a serial killer on the British TV film Longford. The CAA-repped actor, who directed second-unit on the first Hobbit film, is attached to direct Warner Bros. upcoming Jungle Book film.
The Irish actor is the son of actor Brendan Gleeson, and starred along his father as Bill Weasley in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2. Repped by Paradigm, he’ll appear in Angelina Jolie’s upcoming directorial project Unbroken. Also a stage actor, Gleeson earned a Tony Award nomination in 2006 for his role in Broadway’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore.
Max von Sydow has been a working actor since 1949, starring in dozens of films throughout his career, including Through a Glass Darkly, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Emigrants, The Exorcist and Three Days of the Condor. He worked with Ingmar Bergman in 11 films, the first being The Seventh Seal in 1957. The 85-year-old actor’s more recent work includes The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Robin Hood and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, for which he was nominated for a best supporting actor
I don’t know about you but I have the feeling that there’s much more regarding the cast apart from the officially announced list. No word on the military guy role and the female of mixed ethnicity…
Cast photo breakdown by THR:
1. J.J. Abrams, director-writer
2. R2D2: R2-series astromech droid – Unclear what role in new films will be.
3. Harrison Ford, actor – Reprising his role as Han Solo.
4. Daisy Ridley, actress
5. Carrie Fisher, actress – Reprising her role as Leia.
6. Peter Mayhew, actor – Reprising his role as Chewbacca.
7. Bryan Burk, producer
8. Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm president
9. Domhnall Gleeson, actor
10. Anthony Daniels, actor – Reprising his role as C-3PO.
11. Mark Hamill, actor – Reprising his role as Luke Skywalker. What could he saying to C-3PO?
12. Andy Serkis, actor — Deep in concentration.
13. Oscar Isaac, actor
14. John Boyega, actor
15. Adam Driver, actor – Playing an unspecified villain. Not looking entirely villainous here, yet.
16. Lawrence Kasdan, writer