Latest Star Wars cast announced
A little bit of old, mixed with some new, all set in a galaxy far, far away.
After a long wait, filmmaker JJ Abrams and Lucasfilm announced the cast for Star Wars: Episode VII on Tuesday. It will be the latest of the series since 2005’s Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
Original Star Wars icons Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels (C3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Kenny Baker (R2D2) will be reprising their famous roles for the latest edition of the film franchise.
They will be joined by a new slate of stars including Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow.
The names and likeness of the new Star Wars characters are unknown. Exact details have not yet been released to the public.
“We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII,” said J.J. Abrams in a press 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.”
For the new cast, their upcoming roles in the new Star Wars flick provided much publicity. The confirmed actors experienced rises in their media profiles after being announced Tuesday.
With the new cast confirmation, the biggest kept secret left will be the film’s plot. Abrams collaborated on a script he penned with Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote Star Wars Episodes V and VI.”
Star Wars: Episode VII forms the first part of the planned third trilogy of Star Wars films. From a plot perspective, it will follow in chronological order 30 years after Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi took place.
In October 2012, Disney purchased the rights to produce a new Star Wars film and the rights to all other material. Disney acquired the Star Wars rights for a whopping $4.5 billion, remains was one of the largest deals in entertainment history.
Original director and Lucasfilm founder George Lucas assured restless fans that the Star Wars film franchise will be in good hands.
“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” said Lucas in a statement. “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars onto a new generation of filmmakers.”