Lucasfilm and Disney Reveal Star Wars: Episode VII Cast
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 04.29.2014
The principle cast includes old and new faces...
After months of speculation, rumors, insinuations and sometimes people just making stuff up (we hate those guys, trust me), the true cast for Star Wars: Episode VII has been revealed. Disney and Lucasfilm have announced the principle cast for the film and it includes several names that were heavily rumored, leaves some out and includes a few who had not been named at all.
The new cast members to the franchise are a mix of newcomers, quickly rising stars and a couple of respected veterans. They include John Boyega (Attack the Block), newcomer Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver (Girls, Inside Llewyn Davis), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (About Time, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), and Max von Sydow (The Exorcist, The Seventh Seal, Minority Report).
They join original franchise stars Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C-3P0), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), and Kenny Baker (R2-D2) in the primary cast. No roles were specifically mentioned.
Left off the list from strongly-rumored spots were newcomer Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemmons, Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher. Cumberbatch had denied his involvement, but his name had hung on due to his ability to keep secrets as noted by Star Trek Into Darkness. Driver could conceivably play Jacen even if he is the villain; Jacen does fall to the Dark Side in the no-longer-necessarily-canon Expanded Universe. Meanwhile big names like von Sydow and Serkis hadn't been reported at all, or at least widely in any capacity.
So what does this tell us? Not a lot. Driver was previously rumored to be playing the primary villain but that wasn't confirmed. They could still be pulling the story of Jacen and Jaina Solo; from what little we know Ridley appears to be the right age to play Jaina and Gleeson or Boyega could play Jacen conceivably. Of course, they could go in an entirely different direction, but my point here is that they haven't eliminated the possibility with these casting announcements.
The film begins first-unit production in May. Disney chief Bob Iger recently revealed that Episode VII will take place thirty years after Return of the Jedi. The film will release on December 18th, 2015.