Ever since Disney brought Lucasfilm last year and the news was released of a new installment, everyone and their mother has been debating who is going to be cast in J.J.
Abrams’ seventh edition of one of cinema’s biggest franchises.
No doubt Star Wars fans will be wishing for the return of the likes of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Peter Mayhew. But the most buzz has been around the new, young actors Abrams will cast.
This week the director released a photo of the cast to put everyone out of their misery. But who are they?
John Boyega – Boyega is probably best known for his breakout role in Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block. The young actor has a fairly strong
filmography having starred in the likes of the BBC’s The Whale and starring alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor in Half of a Yellow Sun. Without doubt his role in the seventh instalment will propel Boyega into the stratosphere and rightfully so.
Daisy Ridley – This is Abrams’ most bizarre casting choice. While the likes of Gleeson and Boyega are emerging actors, Ridley’s filmography is sparse to say the least. The young actress has only starred in television with roles in Casualty, Toast of London and Mr Selfridge. None of these programmes seem to resemble anything like Star Wars so we just have to trust the director on this one.
Domhnall Gleeson – Despite being the son of popular actor Brendan Glesson, Domhnall has managed to carve out his own career with some
great performances. You would probably recognise the young actor from roles in the likes of About Time, Dredd, Shadow Dancer and the last two Harry Potter films. It is likely that Gleeson, Ridley and Boyega will take on the new three young roles.
Andy Serkis – Andy Serkis has come a long way from his hometown of Ruislip. Serkis is best known for his motion capture roles in the likes of
King Kong and probably his most famous part of Gollum in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogy. While the actor is best known for his roles hidden behind mo-cap he has done some amazing acting in his career with the likes of Wild Bill and Sex Drugs & Rock & Roll. It is unknown yet whether he will act with mo-cap or more traditionally in person but Serkis has the rare talent of making any film 27% better just by being in it.
Adam Driver – Driver’s name has been attached to a role in Episode VII for quite some time now. Many have speculated that Driver will star as the film’s villain which will be a bit of change for the actor. While he is not wholly likeable in Lena Dunham’s HBO television series Girls, his recent film roles in the Frances Ha, Lincoln and Inside Llewyn Davis allow Driver to ooze his likeable charisma.
Oscar Isaac – Driver’s Inside Llewyn Davis’ co-star Oscar Isaac was speculated pretty late in the day. The Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis is Isaac’s biggest role so far, some may recognise him from his roles in Drive and The Bourne Legacy.
Max von Sydow -At the ripe old age of 85, Sydow is the oldest of the new cast. With a career that spans over six decades it is no surprise that Sydow has starred in some excellent films over his career. With roles in the likes of The Seventh Seal, Dune and Minority Reports. He even has experience starring in space opera with his role in the 1980’s Flash Gordon.
A fan-made poster (top) featuring the official cast from www.oldredjalopy.com. Directed by J.J. Abrams. Screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams. Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk. John Williams will return as composer. Stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Andy Serkis, John Boyega, Domhnall Gleeson, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Max von Sydow, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, and Anthony Daniels. ‘Star Was: Episode VII’ opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.