Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Cue the Lightsaber Circle Jerk. 'Star Wars Episode VII' Official Cast Announced.

Well, well.  There's finally a cast list for J. J. Abram's Star Wars sequel, the still untitled Episode VII.  It's going to be cool to see these fresh faces alongside veterans Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill.  Even Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels, and Peter Mayhew will return as R2-D2, C3PO, and Chewbacca, respectively.  The details of the characters have yet to be released, but at least we have some names!

John Boyega was previously seen in Attack the Block, and he will play Jesse Owens in the upcoming Race.  Daisy Ridley was in the television series Youngers and Silent Witness.  Up-and-coming actors Oscar Isaac and Domhall Gleeson are also part of the cast, and Girls' Adam Driver will play the villain (the one piece of casting news we knew going into this announcement).  Max von Sydow also joins Abrams' entry which is ridiculously exciting.  

J. J. Abrams released this statement along with the casting news:

"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 weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud."

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