‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Cast Officially Revealed!

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The past year has brought so many rumors about who may or may not be starring in Star Wars: Episode VII that it’s near-impossible to keep track of. Oscar-nominees, rising stars, lauded character actors – if you can name the Hollywood star off the top of your head, there’s a reasonable chance that at some point in 2013 they were either rumored for and/or confirmed to have auditioned for director J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars film.

Over the past couple days, we’ve begun to anticipate that the cast might be formally announced at long, long last on Star Wars day this year (i.e. May 4th), though photos of original Star Wars trilogy cast members Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford in London – where Episode VII is filming – have already leaked online (though, that “secret” had been spoiled a long time ago… in a galaxy not so far away, at that). The studio and filmmaker powers that be have decided to release that information today, now that Abrams has met up with his main cast for Episode VII in London.

Here is the press release from Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm, revealing the official main cast lineup for Episode VII:

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.”

Check out the first official photo of Abrams and the Episode VII cast, below (click to enlarge):

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Does this seating arrangement hold any clues as to characters and relationships?

Young Daisy Ridley (the Silent Witness and Mr. Selfridge TV series) is the expected unexpected newcomer on the list here, though we’d been hearing that Boyega (Attack the Block) and Driver (Girls) – both respected young actors whose stars are on the rise – could be part of the Episode VII cast for a while now, while last night the news of lauded character actor Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) joining the Star Wars crew made its way online. The same for Daniels, Mayhew, and Baker, whose returns as (respectively) C-3PO, Chewbacca and R2-D2 have been heavily rumored for months now.

Gleeson, alum of the Harry Potter franchise and star of the time-traveling romance About Time, is – in my opinion, anyway – an unexpected but fine addition to the Star Wars universe. Likewise, motion-capture guru Serkis (who reprises as the ape Casesar in Dawn of the Plant of the Apes this summer) and the legendary Swedish actor Max von Sydow (The Seventh Seal, The Exorcist, Minority Report) are surprising, yet very welcome casting additions. Will the pair put their respective skills to use as a CGI-enhanced alien and villainous Sith type, perhaps? Or does Abrams have something else in mind for the pair?

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Andy Serkis (here seen in ‘King Kong’) is headed to the Star Wars universe

One last interesting thing to note (for the time being, that is): The Disney/Lucasfilm press release says that Abrams is directing from a screenplay that he wrote with Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back) – with no mention of Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3), who penned the original Episode VII script draft. Mind you, that doesn’t mean Arndt won’t be receiving story credit for his contribution, but it is an indication of just how much rewriting Abrams and Kasdan did on Arndt’s earlier draft. Hopefully what we have now is an improvement on what we had under the guidance of an Oscar-winning writer like Arndt.


Star Wars: Episode VII is 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.

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  1. You know who’s missing from this picture?

    George Lucas.

    • Preach, Tark!

  2. I’m fairly excited about the casting, it was pretty well done especially with Andy S and Max Von Sydow there too. They are VERY welcome additions to the cast and definitely bring good chops and gravitas. I’m wondering who Max will play considering his age. My vote is on some New Republic dignitary type that works with Leia, but he could be a long lost hidden Jedi or even a Sith who remained hidden for many years until his time to pounce. He could be an Emperor type role. I think Adam Driver’s look is growing on me, but it seems like he’d be Han and Leia’s son. He looks the most like one of their kids, more than any of the other young actors. I hope that is the case so he can turn to the dark side at some point, since he IS the villain.

  3. … So what will be the *Big Announcement* on May 4th? Perhaps this was it and they could not keep it from leaking before then?

    Talent is one thing in a very, very big cog. Writing, Direction, Editing, Visuals, a thousand other things – is what makes or breaks a movie. I am definitley excited to see a majority of the principals back from the original trilogy. I don’t know much of the work from the others (which is a great perspective for me – allows the characters to be fresh on the screen) but I will go glass-half-full and say they landed some talent. Anything is better than the angry wooden spoon that was Hayden Christensen.

    Question … how long do you think that it took to set up that picture so it struck the right motif that linked the 70′s Lucas driven movies with the Evil Mouse production? It’s a shot that just screams this could be historical. Let’s see…

    • When I saw that they announced the cast today I was VERY excited because that can only mean that on the 4th they will announce the release of the blu rays of the unaltered original trilogy.

    • “Question … how long do you think that it took to set up that picture so it struck the right motif that linked the 70′s Lucas driven movies with the Evil Mouse production? It’s a shot that just screams this could be historical. Let’s see…”

      Good call.

  4. I hope John Boyega,is a long lost member of Mace Windu’s clan from his home planet Huuran Kal,that’s an big EU reference for all of you all in the know. The EU book is called “Shatterpoint”,check it out,or he could be Lando’s son. WHOA!!

    • Why must all Black characters be related? As if theres only Mace and Lando in the entire galaxy? I understand the force connection but he can be related to another force sensitive person that went into hiding during the Jedi purge

  5. I hope that Billy Dee Williams,at least makes a cameo appearance in Episode VII,or maybe they are going to have him show up in the second movie of the trilogy (Episode VIII),just like he appeared in the second movie of the Original Trilogy(Episode V),fingers crossed. MAY THE FORCE BE WITH US,ALL.

    • My early guess is he might be Lando’s son, and then as you said we get Lando in VIII. Just because he isn’t in VII doesn’t mean he’ll be absent from VIII or IX.

  6. Super Excited !

  7. Is it just me, or is Mark Hamill looking more and more like Anthony Hopkins as time goes by? Look at that picture and the one tweeted with Darth Maul and tell me there isn’t a similarity.

  8. No Cumberbatch?

    • If we get no cumberbatch AND lens flare I’m going to be so annoyed.

  9. Anyone else think Luke is going to die in Ep 7? I mean, any or all of the OT gang could go, but both SW trilogies have a jedi die during the first part. Just seems fitting.

  10. Janis Solo is the EU universe so they have not thrown it completely I Wish there were more female roles also I think Adam Driver will be Jacen Solo I was hoping AnKin Solo would be in it as well as Mara Jade they could just use characters from the EU books just don’t follow the storyline In those awful books. I really found tbose stories depressing. I am also hoping for Ben Skywalker to be in the films.

  11. Very glad to see Zac Effron is absent from this photo.

    • Why? While he may be a girly-man, he is a very talented actor, and after some of the casting choices for the prequels, I’d welcome a guy like Efron with open arms.

  12. Is it just me or does Andy Serkis look like Zeb of Star Wars rebels? He can be a clue to his CGI character. If he is one of course ..

  13. I just wanna see some kung fu lightsaber action.

    WTF no Cumberbatch?

  14. Can’t get enough of R2-D2 in a box . Lmao!

  15. NICE! Serkis will more than likely be playing a performance capture character again (or maybe not, we’ll see); if so, maybe…. Yoda? It would certainly be a fine addition to his growing list of mo-cap characters.

    I have a feeling Cumberbatch will be in a future episode.

  16. Everyone who has read the EU books will look to connect the characters from the movies to the books. So watch the movie, then you can make comments about the books. They only wrote like a million books, so any connection will be purely speculative. If they say they used an idea from the books, then I’ll believe it.

  17. Can’t wait to see this movie. A lot of Hype. Remember Fan boys, that this movie may disappoint you. The whole point is money, ticket sales and an appease to the masses, not the 10K diehards.

  18. I am PSYCHED about Max Von Sydow.

  19. Missed the boat? Chloe Grace Moretz, was born to play a Jedi. Let’s see how to say this without getting banned. Harrison Ford looks amazing, and I guess, Missed the boat. You rarely see a star shine so bright, then pass her up. Come on Mr. Abrams. I would like to see a little originality on the next Star Trek film please. Great Cast. Thank you.