This news should be delivered in big yellow type, rising up into the void of space …
We have our new Star Wars cast.
New to the galaxy far, far away are John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. Meanwhile, the original trilogy stars — Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker — will all be returning for the Dec. 18, 2015 film
No word yet on who the new characters will be, but obviously Ford is back as intrepid smuggler Han Solo, Fisher reprises Princess Leia (she made no secret she would be back,) and Hamill will be giving us a glimpse of what life is like for a Jedi in winter.
Can Daniels still squeeze into that golden C3PO suit? (You know he puts everyone at his high school reunion to shame.) Despite advancements in robotics over thirty-plus years, fans will be glad to know that Baker will still be giving R2-D2 the human touch. And the towering Mayhew will again be riding shotgun and laughing-it-up-fuzzball in the Millennium Falcon as Chewbacca.
“We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII,” director J.J. Abrams says. “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.”
Among the missing, however: Billy Dee Williams — which means no Lando. There’s also no one from the prequel cast, so don’t expect Ewan McGregor to turn up as ghost Obi-Wan.
Star Wars: Episode VII features a screenplay by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan. Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer.
Can’t you already hear the theme?
Now for a closer look at the photo: There’s a mini-Regarding Henry reunion happening here, with J.J. Abrams (who wrote that script and has a cameo as a grocery delivery boy) chats with Ford.
Ridley — the lone female in the new cast — is talking with Fisher — the lone female from the old cast — perhaps about the gold swimwear/slavewear that is all-too-common to the women of this galaxy.
Mayhew is to the far right, quietly scanning his script. If we zoom in closely, will we see some of Chewbacca’s dialogue? “WAAAAAAaaaaaaarghhh!HHHH!” (Coolness alert: If you look closely at his sleeve, he’s wearing a Rebel Alliance polo shirt.)
That’s Bryan Burk, a longtime producing partner of Abrams on the couch with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and to her left (with his back to the camera) seems to be Gleeson.
A bearded, beady-eyed Hamill is having an in-depth exchange with fellow member of the plaid shirt club
von Sydow Daniels, also with his head turned away from the camera, while Serkis is behind them, poring over his script. (Von Sydow does not appear to be in the shot.)
The three young guys of the cast, Isaac, Boyega, and Driver, are in the upper left of the image, while Kasdan — who was also a screenwriter on The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi — is going to spill that glass of water on the arm of the sofa if he’s not careful.
Oh, and there’s R2-D2 in the background. Something is written on that lid of the box.
Now let’s dive into who’s who among the newcomers:
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