‘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.

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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. There are a lot of guys and very few women in this movie…

    • Lets see. It is one photo. Who is the main bad person? Who is going to be the hero? Chill out.

      • it’s the main cast tho. so his point regarding the lack of female LEADS is valid.

        • Name a female lead from the two trilogies so far that weren’t played by Carrie Fisher or Natalie Portman. Go on, I can wait.

          • There are none. I think that’s kinda his point.

            • Its possible that Jar Jar was female?

      • Andy serkis with his hair the way it is looks like one of the Jedi from the Force Unleashed Video Game.

        • You mean the game that used a real actor to portray the role and who has stared in Smallville and Being Human US Sam Witwer. I think they would be crazy to have anyone but him play Starkiller And didn’t he have a shaved head???

    • Yeah that’s true of all star wars movies so far. Leia is the only good female character.

      • Do you know who Mon Mothma is? You must be a big SW fan.

        • Sounds like you may be the one who should chill. ;)

          • Is Mon Mothma a good person? Was she one of the founders of the rebel alliance?

            Daisy will be one of the primary heroes in the new series. She will likely be a jedi and flying a version of the millennium falcon.

            So, maybe chill was bad phrasing. I find your lack of faith disturbing.

            • @ Bat-Mite

              “Release him!”

              • As you wish.

            • Mon Mothma was hardly a character. She could have been replaced with a computer.

        • She had about three lines in Return of the Jedi, she doesn’t really count as a strong female protagonist. Her EU appearances don’t count. Leia and Padme (and maybe Shmi) are the only women in the series that carried any real role, and Leia is easily the best of them. Killerkb’s point stands.

          • See above

            • I wasn’t disputing she was a ‘good person’ or that she held a position of importance in the Rebel hierarchy. I was disputing her as an example of gender-balanced storytelling. In the original films, you had strong male protagonists in Luke, Han, Chewie, Lando, Yoda and Obi-wan (and C-3PO and R2-D2 tended more toward the male end of the spectrum, too). You had one female character who mattered in the slightest: Leia. The villains, likewise were entirely male. In the prequels, again you Obi-wan, Anakin, Qui-gon, Mace Windu, Yoda, Threepio, Artoo, etc. and, again, only one female hero: Padme.

              Here we are now, two trilogies in, with, again, a very male-dominated cast and one (1) female hero. I hope she’s awesome, I hope she’s a badass Jedi pilot who plays by her own rules, but she’s still just one woman in a sea of men. That was the whole point. To hold up Mon Mothma as an important female figure in the Star Wars story (not its in-universe government) is wildly misguided.

              • The original trilogy was about Luke. It was written by Lucas. There is probably a reason why certain things were the way they were for that reason.

                It is sci-fi. Back in the day there were not many female sic-fi fans, certainly not many who were hardcore nerds. Times have changed.

                Mon Mothma may not have been in ROTJ long, but she carried that scene. It was centered on her and her delivery of that line about the Bothan spies was terrific.

                I am not going to argue that the original trilogy or prequels did a good job with diversity of gender or ethnicity. In some cases, prequels, it handled things poorly. I just have a good feeling about this upcoming trilogy and I am looking forward to daisy being a very new, and old, type of SW hero.

                • On that, we are entirely agreed. I’m looking forward to this trilogy very much and have high hopes for Daisy and the rest of the cast.

                • And yes, times have certainly changed. I just wish the casting choices had changed along with the times.

                  • First, take away the old cast. Look at the new cast. Second, this is the first casting photo and not everyone is in the frame or announced. Third, the new cast’s roles have not been announced. Fourth, this is the first new SW movie. Fifth, I would bet you a Millennium Falcon that Daisy will be amazing and not in the background.

                    • I am looking at the new cast, that’s the whole issue we’re discussing here. I’m not worried about who is in the photo, my concern lies with who was announced in the official cast announcement.I agree that this is, indeed, the first new Star Wars movie. I agree that Daisy will probably, like Carrie Fisher and Natalie Portman before her, front and center. I’m sure she’ll be fantastic and I look forward to following her character’s journey.

                      Where you’re argument is falling short is after that. Daisy is, once again, looking like the requisite one female character in the new trilogy. There are no other women included in the main cast except Carrie (who you’ve asked me to leave out), but there’s six men (not to mention four more from the old cast). My point is that, in a modern epic film franchise like this aspires to, there should be.

                    • I don’t want to break it down again. But, I will say say this it isn’t the full cast and it is the first drop. Don’t you like surprises? I just feel you are looking for a downside where there isn’t evidence of one. Also, SW is guy heavy. At some point you need to accept that. It was aimed at boys when was originally made.

                      If you want to make a larger point about casting inHollywood today with new franchises by all means go ahead. I just think you are missing out on the transition that has already occurred in the upcoming franchise.

                      Harrison Ford came back for a reason. That reason isn’t a paycheck.

                    • I dont understand what you want. I don’t understand why you think SW needs to be a certain way when you have no idea what is coming.

                  • Why? I would hope that the entire time they were writing the script they were not thinking of the percentage of woman, men, Asians, blacks to include. Writers shouldn’t be forced to have a list with boxes they have to check off while writing their stories. You write the story then you cast it. The movie will be PC enough having been made by Disney.

              • To fill out my point a bit:

                Shmi was also a major female character in the prequels, but her whole function in the story was to give birth to Anakin and then die in order to motivate/enrage him. Not exactly an inspiring figure for all the girls out there. The important prequel villains were also, again, all dudes/cyborg dudes/alien dudes.

                The Star Wars galaxy, which rests very near to my heart, needs more female heroes than just a requisite one per trilogy. If there can be half a dozen guys, there can be a few more girls.

                • I think you are looking at it wrong. I see two main heroes for this trilogy. One male, one female. One Solo, one Skywalker. The cast is going to get larger.

        • dude she shows up for like 30 seconds. that barely counts.

    • It’s Star Wars. Not Steel Magnolias.

      • Sith Lord Ouiser :)

        • Good one. Tho, I totally had to IMDb that. Only thing I know about SM is that is has a huge female cast n my mom saw it years ago

    • Thats because movies with a high female cast ratio, especially thoughs with a female lead, tend to under performer relative to male focused movies, this is also true (but to a much higher extent) of movies with a ethnic minority’ as its star.
      And this is why, you could count on one hand’ the amount of main stream movies
      with black female leads, in the last 30 years.
      Sad but true.

      • @filmguy, I think you need to actually look at the box office before making statements.

        The three top movies of 2013 domestically:

        The Hunger Games: Catching fire (female lead)
        Iron Man 3 (male lead)
        Frozen (2 female leads)

        So, it’s all bulldust.

        Besides, it’s the friggin’ Star Wars. It’s not going to under-perform even with a CGI donkey-rabbit as one of the leads.

        • I role perfect for Andy Serkis. Hey, the donkey could even be female :)

    • And what if Daisy happens to be playing Han/Leia’s daughter and IS the main character of this entire trilogy? Just as Anakin was the main of the PT and Luke was the main of the OT?
      I can proudly say I’m not motivated by a sexist agenda and will enjoy a movie on its own merits, regardless if it has a cast that favors one gender over the next.
      Take Frozen, as a recent example, where the two main characters were women (Kristoff was not in any way a hero, he was just tagged on as Anna’s love interest, in much a way women are tagged on as a male’s love interest).
      As long as these next three movies are well made, I could care less if Ep VIII and IX are nothing but female casts.
      Can’t say the same, can you?

  2. For those that are angry about Disney rendering the EU invalad, remember that they said they would use parts of the EU storylines. So this doesn’t mean that ANYBODY is officially dead or written off. That being said this is an amazing cast I am beyond stoked for December 2015!

    • I thought I heard someone mention “gasoline”, “match” and “EU”.

      • I think what Allen means is that there are admittedly elements from the EU in what is now considered canon, so the thought of adapting certain EU characters or roles, like the children of the main 3, isn’t out of the question.

  3. This was mentioned in the article and I’m sure people have already posed the question in previous comments but I wonder if Serkis will be himself or an alien. It’d be cool if he did both haha..

    • Serkis should definitely reprise his role as the cook from King Kong. Having fallen to a black hole inside a giant worm, Lumpy the cook has to escape an illegal mining colony on a asteroid, only to find himself later teaming up with Han Solo on various adventures and eventually joining the Jedi as the order’s official cook.

  4. Von Sydow and Serkis = amazing. I, personally hated Attack the Block, so this kid didn’t do anything for me. Hopefully he can bring something to the Star Wars universe. But, not expecting much. Don’t know what everyone liked about ATB. What did I miss ??

  5. I am pretty sure that’s a Portuguese Water Dog in the lower left corner.

  6. This… is… awesome.

  7. Sigh… of all the names that were screen tested, I’m not very impressed. I like Oscar Isaac and Andy Serkis (CGI character?). I didn’t like John Boyega in Attack the Block that much, and I could pass on Domhnall Gleeson. Von Sydow… meh, and I don’t know the other two well enough. I’m just thinking, like, people like Michael B. Jordan, Chloe Moretz, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jack Reynor, Jesse Plemons and Matt Smith all screen tested and would have been better choices, in my opinion. This cast also needs at least two more women in it, if not more. I love Star Wars and I’m sure I’ll love this, but I’m not impressed yet.

  8. i had no interest in seeing this movie until i heard max von sydow was in it. i’ll be there. cant miss that.

  9. I’m still a little disappointed not to see Billy Dee among the cast. Lando is as integral a part of the SW universe as everyone else. Unless they’re going to pull an ESB-style move and have him appear in Ep 8.

    • i’m sure BDW will pop up at the end or in episode 8. han solo dies in episode 7. i see where they’re going.

      • I heard Billy Dee has a back injury maybe that’s factoring into the whole thing

    • @tarkin713

      Lando had a redemption story arc that was completed in Episode 6…hardly an integral part of the SW universe (at least what they consider cannon). Still, I was sad not seeing Billy Dee Williams in this picture.

      • Perhaps John Boyega plays Lando’s son. Maybe Lando died doing something heroic, and out of respect, Han Solo hands the Millenium Falcon to Lando’s son, making it come full circle since he won it from Lando in the first place.

  10. This cast has a lot of potential but i was hoping for a few more female characters.

    • don’t worry there will be some sort of cantina where we will see the dancing girls.

  11. I don’t really know a few of the new cast members, they seem to be new to the block. So, I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. But definitely excited to see the original cast return, and very good choices adding Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow to the cast. Fantastic actors, this might be good after all.

  12. Who’s that guy sitting next to Adam Driver?

    • I was wondering the same thing I think its Lawrence Kashdan

  13. Max Von Sydow = Obi Wan Force ghost?

    • No, they’re going to mix the Star Wars and Flash Gordon universes. He’s still Emperor Ming.

      • “Klytus, are your men on the right pills?”

  14. Looks good. I also am surprised to see only one new female role evidenced here, very surprised in fact. But I expect that there will be some additional characters in the mix, either as surprises or cameos building to the next film.

    And there had better be at least a cameo by Lando Calrissian! He truly belongs there, among the stars.

  15. I think that if you look at the seating, Daisy Ridley is going to be the Solo daughter. The picture above is probably a script reading and it would make sense that she would sit between her parents.

  16. I was able to zoom in and sharpen this Star Wars cast pic and make out the first page of Max Von Sydow’s open script. Kinda crazy…

    • RSD2′s dialogue: Boop Beep Beep Boop WHOAAAAAAAAAAAA!

      • R2…R2 – Vic, I really want an edit button!!

  17. ok this casting is kind of boring. not many female casting, no asians, latino. also one black actor really guys one black person been casted LOL.

    • Who cares?

      • If course you don’t…

        • lol nope. Not in the least. I care about a good story portrayed by good actors. I honestly couldn’t care less about what’s between the legs of those actors or what color their skin is. And seriously, most of these characters are going to be children of the original main cast and they’re all white. Would you rather them have cast a black girl to play Han and Leia’s daughter? Or maybe A latino guy to play Luke’s son would be preferable. Diversity for diversity’s sake is stupid. If you hadn’t noticed, a decent amount of characters in these films aren’t even human so skin color and gender hardly matter. Give it a rest.

    • There are no Asians in the Star Wars Universe expect for the Neimoidians! sad to hear NO billy dee williams but there is only one Black guy per trilogy!

  18. Awesome to see Oscar Issac in something with as big of a draw as Star Wars! He’s been really fantastic in everything I’ve seen him in. Hoping he gets to play one of the protagonists/antagonists, or at least a really badass side character a la Han Solo

  19. pretty solid list. Still pretty bummed that the original cast is coming back, i was hoping they’ed start fresh and start a new story and kinda be its own thing, but oh well.

    Daisy Ridley should probably be solid, abrams has always been good when casting unknowns, Boyega was somewhat one dimensional in Attack the block, but he was very charismatic and had a weighty presence, Isaac has been good in everything hes done, Driver i haven’t seen much of (i dont like Girls) but when i have hes been solid, Sydow is a big get IMO, so is Serkis, who’ll be great regardless of if hes live action or cg. Gleeson was the reason About Time was a solid film, and was incredibly charming and likable, i think he’s probably playing lukes son. Regardless, abrams has always been great with actors so i dont think the performances would be a problem, it all really depends on the script.

    • Well said. The script is the key here. I’m not familiar with most of these actors, but Isaac is great and as you mentioned, Gleeson was terrific in About Time.

  20. Okay, I don’t hold a grudge against any of these cast but there is defenitly someone missing who simply HAD TO be part of the next trilogy: not casting JAKE ABEL as the next Skywalker is the ultimate blunder! There is no living soul in this universe better suited for this part. He IS a Skywalker. Google his pictures and tell me he isn’t Luke’s son and Anakin’s grandson… It’s an absolute no-brainer to include him in this cast! You don’t even need a casting session to figure that out. Major, major mistake… amateurish, blatant failure… no matter how good the next episode may be… no Jake Abel, no rapture on my part… full stop!

    • Except all he’s ever been in is dumb teen drama movies that are written even worse than Twighlight. I Am Number 4, The Host, Percy Jackson…awful. All of them. He probably wasn’t cast because he’s just a pretty face. They made that mistake with Hayden Christensen.

      • Twilight*

  21. What???? No Lando?!?

  22. A bunch of weird looking people.. what will they be I wonder…

  23. Hey, does anyone know if they’re using CGI or model effects? And I’m hoping they don’t try what they did with the CGI storm troopers for any characters, I’d like to see this done somewhat old school.

      • ha ha ha, yep, that’s what I want to see, storm troopers knocking their heads into things, sorry, I’m old school.

  24. I gotta say, this makes me evenly excited. I think the casting was pretty well done, love the random additions of Serkis and von Sydow, those 2 names are very welcome additions and can only mean good for the overall acting. Von Sydow is so old, I’m wondering if he’ll just be some New Republic dignitary or perhaps a lost Jedi. I can of course see him as being a Sith in hiding, he seems like he could do evil well. Adam Driver’s look is growing on me, but of all the cast, he looks most to me like he could be the child of Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. I actually do hope that is the case because that means he starts out good and is turned to the dark side. I don’t feel like any of the others stand out as “kids”.

    I gotta say, although I’m all for diversity in a cast, I’m not crazy about John Boyega. This is in no way racial, but I don’t think he has the “look” of a calm and passionate Jedi, if the rumor is true that he’s going to be one. He looks like a street thug. Although he may be a good actor, his looks are bound to take away a bit from the performance. I was REALLY banking on the guy Okeafor I think? from “12 Years A Slave”. That man could severely convey passion! I hope it ends up being Lando’s son, but obviously the universe is quite big and could/should have more humans of darker descent.

    But at least we didn’t get Cumberbatch, who’s severely overexposed these days and just boring to me or Zac Efron. I’m overall pretty happy with the cast and I think Serkis and von Sydow alone will probably steal the show at times, especially in the face of the younger cast.

  25. I gotta say, although I’m all for diversity in a cast, I’m not crazy about John Boyega. This is in no way racial, but I don’t think he has the “look” of a calm and passionate Jedi, if the rumor is true that he’s going to be one. He looks like a street thug. Although he may be a good actor, his looks are bound to take away a bit from the performance. I was REALLY banking on the guy Okeafor I think? from “12 Years A Slave”. That man could severely convey passion! I hope it ends up being Lando’s son, but obviously the universe is quite big and could/should have more humans of darker descent.

    But at least we didn’t get Cumberbatch, who’s severely overexposed these days and just boring to me or Zac Efron. I’m overall pretty happy with the cast and I think Serkis and von Sydow alone will probably steal the show at times, especially in the face of the younger cast.

    • No one is ‘missing’ him at all.

  26. This makes me evenly excited. I think the casting was pretty well done, love the random additions of Serkis and von Sydow, those 2 names are very welcome additions and can only mean good for the overall acting. Von Sydow is so old, I’m wondering if he’ll just be some New Republic dignitary or perhaps a lost Jedi. I can of course see him as being a Sith in hiding, he seems like he could do evil well. Adam Driver’s look is growing on me, but of all the cast, he looks most to me like he could be the child of Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. I actually do hope that is the case because that means he starts out good and is turned to the dark side. I don’t feel like any of the others stand out as “kids”.

  27. This makes me evenly excited. I think the casting was pretty well done, love the random additions of Serkis and von Sydow, those 2 names are very welcome additions and can only mean good for the overall acting. Von Sydow is so old, I’m wondering if he’ll just be some New Republic dignitary or perhaps a lost Jedi. I can of course see him as being evil in hiding, he seems like he could do bad well. Adam Driver’s look is growing on me, but of all the cast, he looks most to me like he could be the child of Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. I actually do hope that is the case because that means he starts out good and is turned to the dark side. I don’t feel like any of the others stand out as being their kids except for the girl.

  28. This makes me fairly excited. I think the casting was pretty well done, love the random additions of Serkis and Sydow, those 2 names are very welcome additions and can only mean good for the overall acting. Sydow is so old, I’m wondering if he’ll just be some New Republic dignitary or perhaps a lost Jedi. I can of course see him as being a Sith in hiding, he seems like he could do bad well. Adam Driver’s look is growing on me, but of all the cast, he looks most to me like he could be the child of Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. I actually do hope that is the case because that means he starts out good and is turned to the dark side. I don’t feel like any of the others stand out as being their kids except for the girl.

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