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May the force be with them. Disney and Lucasfilm announced Tuesday the official cast for “Star Wars: Episode VII,” the first of a new trilogy.
John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Daisy Ridley, and Max von Sydow have been announced to star alongside “Star Wars” veterans Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.
Speculations on the cast have been rampant, as rumors had spread throughout the Internet. Isaac and Boyega have been said to be in talks with the studios for months now. Isaac was recently seen in last year’s “Inside Llewyn Davis” while Boyega was in 2011’s sci-fi indie favorite “Attack the Block.”
Driver was also in “Inside Llewyn Davis” and is currently a regular on HBO’s “Girls.”
Andy Serkis is most known for his motion-capture roles in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”
Domhnall Gleeson is known for his Tony-nominated role in “The Lieutenant of Inishmore” and his role as Bill Weasley in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” and “Part 2.”
Max von Sydow, a treasured Swedish actor, was recently nominated for an Oscar for his role in “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” in 2012.
Daisy Ridley is a young English actress with mostly television credits to her name. It was reported that another young actress was rumored to play a descendant of Jedi knight Ben Kenobi, whether or not Ridley will be playing the same role is unconfirmed due to script rewrites. The original cast will reprise their roles as Han Solo, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and R2D2.
J.J. Abrams will direct the film with a script by Abrams and “Star Wars” screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan. Filming began in April 2014. This is the first “Star Wars” film since 2005’s “The Revenge of the Sith” and also the first “Star Wars” film since Disney bought the rights in October 2012.
The film, reportedly set 30 years after the events of “The Return of the Jedi,” will be released on December 18, 2015.