And it just seemed like a long, long time ago since the project was first announced.
Details emerged earlier today regarding the cast for the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, to be written and directed by filmmaker J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Star Trek Into Darkness). Announced through the Star Wars main webpage, the official announcement of the cast members for the film is below:
“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.”
“We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII,” Abrams said. “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.”
“Surreal” is definitely the word. I am beyond excited that the original cast is returning, although I don’t know how Carrie Fisher will fare considering how drastically she’s changed through her years. Equally excited, however, am I that C-3PO, R2-D2 and Chewbacca are coming back as well, and all roles reprised by the characters who originally portrayed them.
I am just excited, however, to hear about the new talent coming on board. Look at all these guys and what projects they were associated with: Boyega was the lead in Joe Cornish’s Attack The Block, Driver and Issac were both in Inside Llewlyn Davis, and do I really even need to go over Andy Serkis? (I’ll give you a hint: he’s in The Lord of The Rings franchise, King Kong, The Adventures of Tintin, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Prestige. Figured it out yet, my preciousssssss?)
Star Wars: Episode VII is one of the most highly-anticipated science-fiction sequels to come out in recent years, and the casting announcements from today shows that the filmmakers aren’t playing around. They’re pushing to bring in the best of the best for this project, and if these names don’t show that these guys know what they’re doing, I don’t know what will.
What do you guys think? Did Abrams bring on the right people for a project of this magnitude? Or is there someone else you might want to see in this sci-fi sequel?
Comment below, let me know.
SOURCE: StarWars.com, CNN