‘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. great cast. not many huge stars.

    • Not a lot of big name stars are the budget would be way overblown. harrison is going to command the biggest paycheck

    • disney make stars… why go for the big actors that cost money when the name star wars sells? star wars is bigger than the actors. its their same mentality with marvel movies all the actors were down (RDJ) or upcommers (hemsworth. all you need is a new person that can act

      • Yeah! That Harrison Ford lad is going places…

        • are you mentally challenged?

          • Do you not understand sarcasm? LOL

  2. Don’t really know who the young stars are….hope they are good.

    • John Boyega is, Attack the Block was brilliant.

      • Agreed. I was very pleased to see the rumors were true and he is officially attached to the film now.

  3. Allow it!

    End of line.

  4. andy as yodas son… lol… i dont know any of these people (at lleast by name) but im sure they are good since its disney and they are makking a franchise out of starwars. these guys will probably be with star wars for the next 30 years.


  6. Don’t see Billy Dee or Ian McDiramid in that photo.

  7. Where the heck is Lando?!

    • Seems like you can only have one black character at a time, and Boyega’s already filling the spot!

  8. nerdquake

  9. Andy Serkis !! did I read correctly?

  10. I actually hope Serkis is playing multiple motion-capture characters & a human character

  11. I was 5 when Star Wars came out, 8 when my brain melted with the reveal of Vader as Luke’s Father and 11 when it was all done. I hope they can capture some magic here.

    Bring it..

    • Dude…*SPOILER ALERT*


      • Next thing he’ll tell us is that Princess Leah is Luke’s sister or something! SHEESH!! :-D

  12. everyone is furiously googling who these people are! I love it. Some awesome awesome names there.

  13. Great cast, but where the hell are Billy Dee Williams and Ewan McGregor (yes, I know 100% that Obi-Wan is dead).

    • Wouldn’t have minded seeing Sam Jackson there either. I never liked the way he was killed off.

      Maybe after episode 9 is done they’ll redo episode 1-3.

      • 1-3 were terrible movies. let’s just forget that whole prequel thing.

        • yeah lets let those go please.

  14. Gollum?

  15. In a galaxy far, far away only to female characters are allowed to exist among 11 dudes. Such progress. Good job, JJ. Happy about John Boyega and Oscar Isaac. I only hope the movie ends up being good. That might be able to distract me from the sad sausage fest.

  16. And with that, 10,000 rumors and scoops were proved to be either completely fake or completely useless.

    Where’s Lando?

    • And Tamura Morrison means no Boba Fett? That one is a little more flexible, I guess. No Billy D. is definitely the first thing I noticed, though.

    • No Lando…

  17. My only fear is Abrams will pay too much fan service and not really give us a truly new adventure. The fact that he heavily rewrote the script really feeds into that fear like what he’s been doing with Star Trek. He hasn’t really given us a new Trek adventure, just kept paying fan service/mirroring the greatest of the old stuff. The fact that Trek#2 was a Khan story like the old Trek#2 reeks of pandering and shows zero originality. They’re just saying, “Oh they really liked this the first time, we’ll give it to them again!”

    • He assisted the dude who wrote Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark with the script. I don’t know what more you could possibly want.

  18. Andy Serkis is probably Jar Jar’s son.

  19. Yes where the heck is he!!!!

  20. Daisy Ridley

    • While not everyone is in the photo, there need to be surprises after all, it is well staged. Good indication of things to come. I like how Daisy is witty between her film mother and father. Notice where Adam is?

      • Dang auto-correct, *sitting

  21. Luke Skywalker: “He hates, and loves, the Force, just as he hates and loves himself. He will never be rid of his need for it.”

  22. WAHOO!!!!!

    Seeing this cast leads me to believe there is nothing relatable to the EU.

    Thank you, JJ!!!

  23. So is this not based off Luke, Han, and Leia’s children? I could see Domhnall Gleeson as Luke’s son maybe. Or are their going to be more castings?

  24. So who else thinks that Max Von Sydow will be playing Ben Kenobi? Maybe in force ghost form or a flashback!

    • I thought that at first, but his voice is to iconic to replace Alec Guinness’s iconic voice. They’d be better off aging Ewan McGregor.

    • My thoughts exactly.

  25. OSCAR ISAAC!!!!!!!!!!

  26. No Zack Effron, Halleluyah!

    • Yes, I hope he’s cast as a superhero movie. Star Wars wouldn’t have been a great fit for him. He’s an upcoming talent studios will want to put their money on.

  27. Ugh… What I wouldn’t give to be in Star Wars.



    • Nah, just pull a Cartman. But, remember not to trust Butters to wake you up.

  29. The day that the cast was revealed for the new star wars movies was the most important day of your lives….

    but for me, it was a tuesday.

    • haha, too funny. Here is your opportunity to tell us all why being excited for a new SW film is silly.

      I think it is a Tuesday for everyone. Let me check, yup.(leaving aside the int. dateline.)