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.”
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.
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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.