LucasFilm announced the full cast for the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VII” on Tuesday. The cast includes some old favorites as well as some new faces.
Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher will reprise their roles as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia. In addition Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker and Peter Mayhew are returning as C-3PO, R2-D2 and Chewbacca.
The new faces include Max Von Sydow (Father Merrin from “The Exorcist”), Andy Serkis (Gollum “The Lord of the Rings), Domhnall Gleeson (“About Time”), Oscar Issac (“Inside Llewyn Davis”), Adam Driver (“Girls”), up-and-comer John Boyega (“Attack the Block”) and newcomer Daisy Ridley (“Mr. Selfridge).
“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,” director J.J. Abrams said in a statement.
What roles these new additions will play are currently unknown. However Variety has previously reported that Driver will play a Darth Vader like villain, Issac will have a “Han Solo” look and Boyega will play a Jedi.
Abrams is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with “The Empire Strikes Back” writer Lawrence Kasdan. The story takes place 30 years after the events in “Return of the Jedi.” John Williams is returning to compose the music. While second unit filming has already begun the principal players will not start working until next month. Release date is December 18, 2015.
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