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.
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.