Last year, Disney released the cast list of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and this photo of the script read. 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. (Also note R2-D2 seated behind Abrams.)
Here’s what we know (and a few educated guesses) about “Star Wars: Episode VII”…
The son of a preacher, 30 year-old Adam Driver is best known for playing Lena Dunham’s boyfriend on HBO’s “Girls.” Variety first reported in February that Driver was closing on a deal to play the villain in the vein of Darth Vader.
British actor John Boyega will reportedly play the lead Jedi in “Star Wars: Episode VII.” 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.
Oscar Isaac will reportedly play a Han Solo-type, leading a rebellion. Isaac has been a star on the rise in recent years with his most recent pic “Inside Llewyn Davis” helmed by the Coen Brothers, 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.”
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. It’s unclear who Ridley who will play, but sources have said that the children of Han Solo and Leia could play a role in the films.
Before today, Disney had only confirmed one returning castmember: R2-D2. A photo posted on director J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Twitter account says, “Hi from the workshop!,” and features the droid with Abrams and Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy.
Renowned for his motion capture work as Gollum in the “Lord of the Rings” films and Caesar in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” it’s not too much of a stretch to believe that J.J. Abrams will tap Andy Serkis for a similar role in the “Star Wars” universe. Perhaps a relative of Jabba the Hutt?
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 “Minority Report,” “Needful Things” and “Robin Hood.” He is repped by Diamond Management.
Director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan took over writing
duties from Michael Arndt. Abrams has also dropped out of
directing the next “Star Trek” movie to focus on “Star
Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford will reprise their roles as “Star Wars” favorites Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo.
“Episode VII” will take place 30 years after “Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.”
“Star Wars: Episode VII” will shoot at Pinewood Studios in London. Open casting calls in November drew thousands to stadiums across the U.K. Online submissions were also being accepted.
John Williams will score “Star Wars: Episode VII.” He has
worked on all six films.
J.J. Abrams started filming in May. Disney has set the release date for Dec. 18, 2015, with a new film every year for at least five years.