Star Wars Episode VII Cast Officially Announced – Pleases the Force, it Does

When you’re going to be making a new Star Wars film, you’ve got to do it right. The franchise is beloved by millions worldwide, and with the memory of Jar Jar Binks ringing in everyone’s ears—no matter how much therapy we’ve had—there’s a lot riding on the casting decisions.

The wait is over to find out whose special names will be engraved in the hearts of young and old Jedis alike: Lucasfilm just announced the cast of J.J. Abrams’s newest installment of the Star Wars film franchise.

 

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With original stars Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker on board in Episode VII, there have been concerns that the new guys won’t be able to live up to the original defenders of the universe. Today, that fear can be put to rest.

They will be joined by John Boyega (Attack on the Block), Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Issac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (better known as Gollum), Daisy Ridley (Blue Season), Domhnall Gleeson (a.k.a. Bill Weasley), and Max von Sydow (Seventh Seal, The Exorcist and most recently of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close).

In the statement issued on Tuesday, April 29th, Abrams stated that he was “excited to share the cast” and expressed how “thrilling and surreal” it was to “watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again.” He also mentioned that shooting will start in a couple of weeks, which is great because there’s already a slated release date of December 18th, 2015.

It’s exciting to see all of these names finally come out, and as a long-time fan, I am thrilled with the decisions. Already, though, there’s some discussion regarding how many international actors are being involved and whether it’s a good thing for the franchise. Personally, I don’t even think it’s an issue. The names above represent some of the finest actors and actresses both in the sci-fi genre and in general today. Many of the actors from the previous installments expressed dismay at being typecast after appearing in the franchise, so I think it’s a great move on Abrams’s part selecting international stars as well as relatively unknown American actors.

Abrams did an amazing job with the Star Trek reboot, and his love for the series was as blinding as a lens flare in each film. The man is extremely capable, and I can’t wait to line up with the rest of the world at a premier that I thought would never happen in my lifetime.

 

Al Miller
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  • http://www.theflounce.com AlexisO

    R2 in a box!!!

    • botenana

      Second best thing in a box ever.

      • MrsMeowsington

        If we put Justin Timberlake, Andy Samberg and R2 in a box the universe would implode.

  • Alice

    Attack the block not attack on the block. Great movie!

    • botenana

      Thank you! I will put in for the correction!

  • Aubrey Turner

    How in the world could he do it without the old cast?? Looks like a great line-up. May even get some new folks in the seats to support the new faces.

    Wait? I had a confused moment. I suggested that some people don’t like Star Wars. Forgive me.

    • botenana

      Right? I think that it’s a rule that you have to love star wars in order to be a member of the human race.

      Fact: All serial killers and people who hate puppies and kitties ALSO hate star wars . It’s true. I just read it on the internet. Right now.

  • Crystal

    I AM SO GODDAMN EXCITED.

    ALSO- JAR JAR BINKS HAD BETTER BE DEAD AND CREMATED, ‘SALL I’M SAYIN lol

    • botenana

      YUP. I am really excited to see what Andy Serkis is going to be doing. The man is amazing both in CG and in the flesh, so it can go either way for me.

    • Andrea A

  • The Pale Mare

    Bummed there are not more women in the cast. The Star Wars universe has lots of strong women in the lore. I know they haven’t announced all the cast yet, but the main cast is very sausage heavy.

    • Andrea A

      my thoughts exactly!

  • Andrea A

    SO EXCITED!

    second what Pale Mare said. wish there were more women. still, I’m hopeful and I adore Carrie Fisher and am so stoked to see her as Leia again!

  • http://www.youtube.com/adamthealien Adam the Alien

    “Abrams did an amazing job with the Star Trek reboot, and his love for the series was as blinding as a lens flare in each film.” Despite the fact that he kept publicly talking about all the things wrong with Star Trek that he was “fixing” (i.e. the core elements). But yes, his love of Star Wars was very blindingly obvious in his Star Trek movies. So, given that, I’m looking forward to his actual Star Wars movie. He’s had two Wars-ified Trek movies to practice with, so it damn well better be good.

    • tinylights

      Yeah, Abrams never understood the appeal of Star Trek. He did such a lackluster job and lost a lot of the interesting parts about Star Trek. But I do think he will do a better job with Star Wars. (And can we keep him away from Star Trek in the future!?)

      • botenana

        Unpopular Opinion Puffin:

        I thought that Abrams’ version of Star Trek was really good and reminded me of how I felt when I watched TNG as a kiddo.