‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Cast Revealed

Star Wars Episode VII Table Read

The Force has been released.

John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in “Star Wars: Episode VII.”

Disney and Lucasfilm made the announcement Tuesday, as casting speculations have run wild for months. Variety was first to report that Driver was in talks for the villain and that Boyega was on the short list for the male lead.

“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,” said J.J. Abrams, who is directing the new film. “We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”

PHOTOS: Meet the Cast of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

While descriptions of characters were left out of the release, sources confirm to Variety that Driver will play a Darth Vader-like main villain, Isaac’s character will have a Han Solo look to him and Boyega will be a Jedi.

It’s unclear whom Ridley who will play, but sources have always said the children of Solo and Princess Leia would play a part in the film. Ridley could possibly play their daughter.

In a recent earnings called, Disney chief Bob Iger said this latest installment will be set 30 years after 1983′s “Return of the Jedi” and will feature new and familiar faces.

Abrams and partner Bryan Burk are producing this film through their Bad Robot banner with Kathleen Kennedy producing for Lucasfilm. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan did a recent rewrite to the script.

Pic will bow Dec. 18, 2015.

MEET THE NEW ‘STAR WARS’ CAST:

Adam Driver broke out with his role of Adam on the HBO comedy “Girls” and recently wrapped production on the Warner Bros. pic “Midnight Special,” starring Michael Shannon. The Gersh-repped actor also co-starred alongside Oscar Isaac, another “Star Wars” actor, in the Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

Oscar Isaac has been a star on the rise in recent years with his most recent pic “Inside Llewyn Davis,” scoring him some of the best reviews of his career. He is repped by UTA and Inspire Entertainment and can be seen next in “A Most Violent Year.”

John Boyega starred in the U.K. cult hit “Attack the Block” and recently wrapped a recurring role on the Fox series “24: Live Another Day.” He is repped by CAA and Management 360.

Daisy Ridley is the newcomer of the bunch with her most notable credit being a guest role on the PBS show “Mr. Selfridge.” She is repped by Jonathan Arun Talent.

Andy Serkis, who is best known for his work as Gollum in “The Lord of the Rings” and Caesar in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” can be seen next in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” He is repped by CAA, Lou Coulson Associates and Principal Entertainment LA.

Domnhall Gleeson is the son of actor Brendan Gleeson and was last seen in Working Title’s “About Time” and was among the finalists for the villain role in Fox’s “Fantastic Four” reboot. He is repped by Paradigm.

Max Von Sydow is the veteran of the group and has been nominated for two Oscars. His past credits include Ingmar Bergman classics such as “The Seventh Seal” and “Virgin Spring,” “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “Minority Report,” “Needful Things” and “Robin Hood.” He is repped by Diamond Management.

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  1. Five great Star Wars ????? ———> starwarsepisodevii.wordpress.com

  2. mike says:

    And all those hopefuls who attended the open casting calls including me in Dublin..never really stood a chance

    thanks Disney

  3. Jimy says:

    from the looks of the picture, here are my guesses: Daisy Ridley is Han and Leia’s kid. John Boyega and Oscar Isaac are two young Jedi from Luke’s academy. Adam Driver is a back-up plan the Emperor had already established. Domhnall Gleeson is Luke’s son. Serkis and Von Sydow I have no idea; Von Sydow closely tied to Luke, and Serkis to Han (old gambling buddy perhaps)?

  4. Bryan says:

    Obviously this won’t compare to the Original Trilogy as it’s the Original Trilogy but I have faith that it’ll be Star Wars going back to fun adventurism which was sorely lacking in the Prequels as you never thought you were on an adventure like the Original Trilogy was as in the Original it was Luke’s adventure and him along with the Rebel Alliance destroying the Galactic Empire. I can understand that the Prequel’s tried to tell the story of how Anakin becomes Darth Vader but it just didn’t work as well as you had Anakin as a whiny bitch before he even became Darth Vader and you never got the feeling you were on an adventure with Anakin as the films told his origin so poorly in my opinion. I have faith JJ knows what he is doing and avoids the mistakes the Prequel’s made and brings Star War back to their classic roots but at the same time telling a new story but one that fits the tone of the Original Trilogy.

  5. Where’s David Prowse? You mean there isn’t another sucker who thinks he’s playing a major part only to be duped big time?

  6. Becks says:

    I love that R2 is in the background keeping watch over things.

  7. L j Murdoch says:

    Any word on who is coordinating the stunts for the Light Sabre fights!? Is it going to be Nick Gillard and Kyle Rowling again!? They did II AND III , truly perfect fight scenes they did!

  8. stu freeman says:

    What happened to Lupita N’yongo?

  9. What about Lando? I see it is suddenly not on the imdb page of Billy Dee Williams. Is he going to be the last mystery. On the bright side, Ming the Merciless finally crosses into Star Wars.

  10. Brian S. says:

    I just wonder what Chewbacca is doing at the table reading at the far right of the picture…all his lines are pretty much the same.

    • Chad says:

      I am guessing your just being funny – but the whole cast needs to be together to do an initial script reading – so everyone is on the same page – plot wise…

  11. Alun says:

    Iove how all the haters come out and troll and hack and slash at the official casting, and every snippet of info we get from now on, they’ll be saying oh how “we’re doomed”” bad feeling about this” etc etc. However, come opening night, they’ll be in the cinema with the rest us

  12. Chonguito says:

    Can somebody please add films like ‘Virgin Spring’, ‘Hannah and Her Sisters’, and / or ‘The Seventh Seal’ to the list of films Mr. Von Sydow has appeared in? Oy…….

  13. sid patel says:

    I think Disney Star Wars VII Directors should consider Faruk Sataki as one of the Cast. He has a huge following. He also has a huge screen presence.

  14. speediejoe says:

    What’s with the black & white photo of the cast? My first thought was it was an old photo from the first movie’s first read through….

  15. Duncan says:

    Looks like a flop in the making, no thanks!

  16. Whatever says:

    Just you wait, soon they will make James Bond black. Also daily reminder this will be the movie series to push interacial mixing full force. There will be a mixed-race baby at the end of this series.

  17. Grant Fieldgrove says:

    You guys hate Star Wars so much you just had to click on the variety article announcing the cast within minutes of it being posted……..seems legit.

  18. Scooby says:

    Agree with the Abrams is lame comment, way overrated in my book. Chris Nolan would have made these movies pretty epic.

    • X says:

      Uhhh, I think not. Christopher Nolan would’ve made it ponderously Real World dark and dreary and depressive…the last thing we need in a Star Wars movie.

      • X says:

        Caught the very first showing of EMPIRE the morning it opened back in 1980…and about a zillion times since. It’s one of the finest fantasy films of all time. I stand by my original statement.

      • Brian S. says:

        you obviously never saw Empire Strikes Back…what a noob!

  19. occultology says:

    Uninspiring, this is.

  20. koteuop says:

    So…. this is going to be Ming the Merciless vs. Gollum with lightsabers?

  21. what the fug says:

    Wow, such a diverse cast.

    Who wants to bet that the with lords will all be old white men portrayed as totally evil?

  22. John says:

    Wow. Such whining over the cast, and some of the comments are plain silly.

    Just because serkis is in it, doesn’t mean he will be a cgi character. He’s an ACTOR you know….

    I’m sure a few of you were just waiting to complain about anything.

  23. Boosh says:

    It’s unlikely they’ll be able to do justice to the franchise. They’re just milking the cash cow at this stage of the game. There’s no heart going into the making of this film. Doubt it will be as big a disappointment as The Phantom Menace but probably not much better than Revenge of the Sith. Think air brushed to perfection actors, computer generated everything and a film that looks and plays more like a video game. The technology available to the producers is more a detriment than a tool. These guys can’t capture that alluring grit of the original. I’ve got a bad feeling about this….

  24. John B. says:

    …hmm yeah you guys are going overboard with these comments. Guess what? no one knew who more than half the stars were before the original and it turned out pretty well. Complaining about only 2 girls in the movie..there was 2 girls in the whole first trilogy!

  25. Paramount Employee says:

    Yet another example of modern Hollywood taking all we loved and held dear and recycling it into shite. They might as well run this on the CW.

  26. Fred 35 says:

    Andy Serkis… I thought they were not doing this cgi. What not a surprise. I think my Phantom has just been menaced.

  27. Mark says:

    The cream of Hollywood and the world on speed dial for these parts and we get this I think judgement will now have to be reserved as I feel another Phantom Menace in the making

    • Boosh says:

      The “Cream of Hollywood” is exactly what this film does not need! The original cast were mostly unknowns and the few seasoned veterans were tasteful choices and all around quality actors. It’s a smart move to keep the big Hollywood names out of this picture altogether. If anything, they should look to the Brits again.

  28. Chris Fauris says:

    I am so glad that they did not stray away from the original characters. This could be Epic!…. Or a total joke. I trust Abrams, and I think he will go beyond our expectations, because frankly it is expected.

    • Boosh says:

      Abrams is kind of lame though, expectations are pretty low right now. Hopefully there are enough folks pulling the strings behind the scenes with a bit of passion and vision for the project to give it some legs. Abrams is not invested in the franchise’s legacy.

  29. David says:

    So, we have got one black guy, two whole white women (!) and the remaining ten big actors are white dudes…? How very refreshing, Hollywood :-/

    • John G. says:

      Dude…the black guy is the lead. And the remaining “white” actors are very diverse in age and national origin (United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, USA, Guatemala).

    • Boosh says:

      Ah… why does everything have to be so freakin’ pc and about race all the time. Hope they don’t cater the plot to this sort of gibberish.

  30. Glenn C. says:

    No desire to see this. Talk about milking it to death! Disney – Greed!

  31. Expectations are one thing. Whatever’s going on behind the scenes is another thing indeed.

  32. Barry says:

    John Boyega, a star is born.

  33. I got a bad feeling about this…

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    John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join original stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in “Star Wars: Episode VII.”

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