‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Cast Announced

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With the first table read of the script for Star Wars: Episode VII arrives the long-awaited official announcement of the cast for director J.J. Abrams’ film.

In a brief statement posted this morning on StarWars.com, Lucasfilm revealed that John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) and Max von Sydow will join returning franchise stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker. However, no roles were specified for the new additions.

“We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII,” Abrams said in a statement. “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.”

Interestingly, neither franchise creator George Lucas nor Michael Arndt, who wrote the original screenplay for Episode VII, is mentioned in the announcement.

Driver had been rumored for a role in the film since at least January, and tipped as “the” villain the following month; Boyega, meanwhile, emerged just last month as a reported contender to play the central part of a Jedi apprentice. But Isaac was mentioned only last night, and the other franchise newcomers — to the best of my knowledge — not at all. However, Star Wars has a history of mixing lesser-known talents with veteran actors, and it’s easy to see someone like von Sydow continuing the tradition established by Alec Guinness, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.

The return of the franchise’s original stars is no surprise, as the involvement of Ford, Fisher and Hamill was all but confirmed a year ago, even if the actors did their best to avoid acknowledging as much; Mayhew’s participation was tipped earlier this month when his convention schedule suddenly changed. And while there was relatively little speculation about Daniels and Baker, it seemed unlikely a Star Wars film would be made without them.

Based on a screenplay by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, Star Wars: Episode VII opens Dec. 18, 2015.

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Comments

  • BeastieRunner

    Serkis must be a CG character.

  • lewis4510

    Max Von Sydow has been off the radar so long I thought he was dead. I’m not saying that to be an ass but had no clue he was still alive.

  • Michael Alan

    I just noticed that in the background, it looks like a portion of an Episode IV-esque starship corridor.

  • Seth Wilson

    No Billy Dee Williams, maybe next time.

  • Warrrgghh

    The new Binks…??!!
    Meesa so excited!!!

  • Ray

    Of all the things that has happened with star wars today I think the biggest one is the lack of female characters in the casting. There’s half of the fan base that is getting to feel the dark side in a not so nice way for example http://livingmythmagazine.com/blog/2014/04/29/disturbance-fanbase-star-wars-vii-casting/ Why Starwars? why?

  • twincast

    “Interestingly, neither franchise creator George Lucas nor Michael Arndt, who wrote the original screenplay for Episode VII, is mentioned in the announcement.”

    I’d really like to get to read that one at some point – preferably sooner rather than later. From what little information there is, it sounds like it would’ve been better. :/

  • GC001

    You might be thinking of Maximilian Schell who played Dr. Hans Reinhardt the crazed captain of the USS Cygnus in the The Black Hole (1979). Schell died in the last year. Similar name… Von Sydow’s been in plenty of genre films most infamously a turn as Ming the Merciless in the campy 1980 “Flash Gordon” film that had the soundtrack by the rock band, Queen. I still think it’s weirder that the star of “The Exorcist” was in “Strange Brew” with the McKenzie Brothers!
    What a hoser!

  • GC001

    I would dial down expectations drastically for E-7. We all know it’s going to do well just because it’s Star Wars not because it’s a good film in its own right. That’s unfortunate but probable reality. I don’t know if it’s going to veer towards being too faithful to the original Star Wars movies (a la Superman Returns) or a trainwreck revamp like Star Trek (2009). I just know that it’s Abrams and that’s enough for me to have concerns. He’s only a rung or two higher on the ladder above Michael Bay in all honesty…

  • Tophman

    Yeah, in all likelihood he will be a CG character, though he’s a decent actor in his own right he’s better known for his work as Gollum, King Kong, & PotA’s Ceasar. Perhaps he’ll play a new ‘alien’ supporting character akin to Mayhew’s Chewbacca, one for the new generation of Jedi.

    Please…. NO JAR JAR BINKS!!!!

  • Tophman

    I’m still hoping they’ll bring someone in as a villainous femme fatale (to play someone like Aurra Sing or Asajj Ventress). We definitely need some eye candy. ;)

  • Synthetikdemon

    With Serkiss doing the CGI , Hamill doing the voices , I expect some damm fine monsters in this…
    Do you think Mayhew was a bit bored , sitting there in the read through , ‘quick Chewie , punch it’ yells Han (ford reading) , ‘Yyyyaaaaargh’ says Mayhew..

  • Thorionthei

    I’m an Oscar Issac fan. Not familiar with the rest of the actors. Going with some lesser knowns is a good idea I believe. I’m a huge Star Wars fan and am excited about this film. But (no offense to the actors) there are lots of male names and no females. Daisy looks extremely cute but the rest of the cast…will not grace the cover of GQ any time soon. This is still Hollywood and I am surprised we don’t have better looking people. This cast seems great for a Shakespeare adaption. :)
    Again, I am being shallow…I am sure they are great actors…just surprised by lack of eye candy. I guess that is what special effects are for.
    Harrison Ford will still have the most sex appeal. :) Good for him. Guys a stud.

  • BeastieRunner

    There’s still one female lead left to cast.