Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Official Star Wars: Episode VII casting announced

After months of rumour, speculation and wild guesswork, Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm have finally revealed their official casting for J.J. Abrams Star Wars: Episode VII.

An official statement via starwars.com reads:
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.
The return of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker will come as no surprise to many, of course, since the first three and Mayhew had already been widely rumoured to be aboard. Not to mention recent sighings of the original trilogy cast in London. And of course it's hard to imagine a Star Wars film without Daniels, Baker and their iconic characters. Likewise, Attack The Block's (2011) John Boyega and Girls' (2012) Adam Driver have both been strongly rumoured for a some time.

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) star Oscar Isaac only arrived on the rumour mill this week, while Andy Serkis (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes) and Domhnall Gleeson (About Time) are a surprise, albeit two thoroughly welcome ones. Will Andy Serkis act in person or once again wear a motion capture suit?

Daisy Ridley is probably the least well-known name in the ensemble. That said, she has some pretty commendable TV work on her CV (Silent Witness, Mr. Selfridge, Casualty and Toast Of London) and will next be seen in the Inbetweeners sequel due for release on 6 August.

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