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Returning Heroes & New 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Cast Now Revealed

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April 29, 2014
Source: StarWars.com

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Literally one second after that rumor of Andy Serkis joining the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII, the entire cast of the sci-fi sequel was revealed. The announcement was made by Disney and Lucasfilm today, likely wanting to beat any leaks that would happen after the table read happened today in London. Returning heroes from the original trilogy include Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker. Meanwhile, confirmed new cast members include John Boyega and Daisy Ridley in the two lead roles, with Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver both also on board.

Here's the first official photo of the cast during the table read with director J.J. Abrams via StarWars.com:

Star Wars: Episode VII

In addition, the three brand new cast members that were not previously linked to the project are Andy Serkis (as we reported just moments ago) along with Domhnall Gleeson (About Time) and Max von Sydow (The Seventh Seal, Minority Report). If we had to bet, we're pretty sure von Sydow will be playing another villain along with Driver, but we wouldn't count on them playing Sith Master and Apprentice this time. Abrams added some publicity fluff with the reveal saying:

"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. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud."

The only cast member that we haven't really seen anything from is actress Daisy Ridley, but if you want to see more of her talent, check out her acting reel right here. Otherwise, having this full cast announced is just awesome, and I can't even imagine how incredible it must be to sit in that room for a table read for an all-new Star Wars movie with Han Solo, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2. There might be more cast to be added, but clearly these are the most important and primary lead and supporting roles. But when will we get a title? Stay tuned for many more updates. Happy with this cast?

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  • Xerxexx
    I hope Ford brings his A game. Can't wait for a trailer.
    • Buzzfunk
      He needs to because all of his past work of the last years was B at best.
      • Brian Sleider
        Yeh he has seemed really tired in his last few movies.
      • Xerxexx
        I want to believe.
        • Reznik
          I believe in Harvey Dent.
          • Xerxexx
            And look how that turned out. Five dead!
      • cobrazombie
        More like C-
    • avconsumer2
      I have a feeling he will. Han made his career. If not to his fans, he sure owes at least that character, his last talented dying breath. Trailer... with trailers these days, I think I'm going to attempt to avoid the trailers.
      • Xerxexx
        I have faith.
  • Peter North by Northwest
    Where's Ben Affleck?? Haha, just kidding!! Can't afford to ruin this franchise too.
    • Brian Sleider
      I cant wait to Ban nails it and all the neck beards flock and say he was great.
      • si1ver
        by "nails it" do you mean "not terrible"? Bat/Supes will likely be remembered as mediocre and people will make up a million excuses for why it's not good, like they do for Man of Steel right now. People always say fans don't know what they're talking about but it was the decade plus of fan support that got Whedon the Avengers job. Fans hated the Green Lantern from the get go, loved Inception before they shot a scene, many called Shyamalan's Last Airbender movie a bust from the start, called Sherlock Holmes being a hit...
        • Brian Sleider
          While I agree the movie it's self will be "meh" at best. It does not meant Ben wont knock his role out of the park. Ben has come a LONG way to be a good actor and amazing director. People give him a bad shake cause this is the internet and its cool to hate on things.
  • Jon Odishaw
    In Abrams we trust. Excited about sydow and Isaac though.
  • Buzzfunk
    Love the OT cast of course. How can you not? Max von Sydow and Andy Serkis are a welcome addition. Solid, talented actors. Esp. Serkis work in the last Apes movie was fantastic. I dug John Boyega in Attach the Block. Solid performance. Curious to see what he character will be like. Dont know the rest of the newcomers really and that might be a good thing. The good news for JJ is that you can't really do worse than the PT on the other hand, nothing will top Empire in my book but i'd love to be proven wrong!! Go JJ.
  • Cocaino Weaver
    Andy Serkis is playing Zombie Yoda who joins the dark side to get revenge on Luke Skywalker who he blames for his death. Adam Driver will play Jar Jar Binks distant cousin Yar Yar Binks who decends into darkness.
    • avconsumer2
      Sith Gungan... yeesh... "Youssa not knowing da big bomb bad power of da dark side!"
  • avconsumer2
    Max Von Sydow will make an amazing Imperial... something. Grand Admiral maybe?! Andy Serkis... 'nuff said. Regardless... that pic is probably my new wallpaper for at least a couple of years. *nerdgasm
  • Cocaino Weaver
    I have a feeling this movie will suck because Disney is making it. Get ready for PG level Star Wars of sillyness not even the prequels can top. Lightsabers don't kill they just sting a bit! Also Storm Troopers will have no accuracy at all and lazers will just push you backwards! Oh and the classic Abrams lens flares will blind you once again like in Star Trek.
    • http://www.lawlessgentile.com/ Ali Miller
      Do the Marvel films suck? Disney owns and controls Marvel Studios to the same extent they do Lucasfilm, you realize. Also, the ineptitude of stormtroopers is practically a hallowed Star Wars tradition at this point - completely ignoring the fact that stormtroopers probably won't exist 35 years after ROTJ...
      • Cocaino Weaver
        Do the Marvel films suck? Oh yeah Marvel sure has their stinkers since Disney took over starting with the lame man 3 and Thor 2. Just an injection of more and more comedy like we need more comedy! Oh yeah and how do you know Storm Troopers won't be in this movie you #seen it already I guess your soooo "smart".
        • Chris Groves
          Are you mentally handicapped?
          • Cocaino Weaver
            No just dealing with some problems, although I was deemed mentally unstable by some doctors I think I am perfectly normal. They wanted to commit me to an insane asylum once can you beleive it my friend and now these darn pills man oh man lawd help me and all this stuff. It's just a crazy world out their and these people that think am crazy is just contributing to this world. I just sometimes wish everyone was as normal as me and but hey it can't be a perfect world without some insanity eh you know those crazy dictators and those people. It's a mad place to be in but sometimes I think what about the sun. I think people can live on the sun and there is a conspiracy where they say the sun is hot when it's actually not. What is past all those solar flares on the sun is an actually planet. And in my belief the moon is really the sun. The only reason Pluto is not framed as a planet anymore is because Pluto is habitable for humans but oh no they didn't want us to find out! Am building a spaceship my friend and one day when my ship is built am going to take a journey. I don't know when for now am just stuck here ranting in this place.
          • Guest
            Your mom is a spaceship :D
    • MikEy
      FYI the original trilogy were U certificate. I'm sure they'll be decent family movies, just like the originals.
      • Cocaino Weaver
        FYI your talking about the old movie rating certificates. Most (In American Rating Terms) PG films around that time would be considered PG-13 or R today. And considering the level of violence and themes in the movie it will definitely not come close to a U right now. Oh yes definitely a "family" movie where a guy gets choked to death by an invisible force hand or people getting stabbed by lasers.
        • MikEy
          Hahaha! Come on! It's a completely family movie! I could pick out some sinister elements of pretty much any family fantasy movie that are every bit as dark!
          • OfficialJab
            Pirates and Burton's Wonderland both had eye gougings, to my recollection. The movies in general didn't seem very child-like.
        • Mxyzptlk
          The only Star Wars movie to be PG-13 was Revenge of the Sith, Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones both came out way after PG-13 and R had been in place.
    • Brian Sleider
      Disney owned Miramax when Pulp Fiction was released, your arguement is invalid.
      • Cocaino Weaver
        And what year was that exactly and do you think that would be good for Disney's reputation today? Argument invalid.
        • Chris Groves
          The argument is no more invalid than your initial statement. Disney has owned Marvel Studios(Just as they now own Lucasfilm) for years, yet that didn't result in The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World or Captain America: The Winter Soldier being softened to PG ratings. It will be rated PG-13, with almost 99.9% certainty. But the thing is, even if it were PG, that would be keeping with FIVE of the previous 6 Star Wars films. This isn't a Disney production, it's a Disney presentation of a Lucasfilm/Bad Robot production, just as Captain America: The Winter Soldier was a Disney presentation of a Marvel Studios production.
        • Brian Sleider
          troll harder.
        • Brian Sleider
          Nope, Touchstone is a Disney house. While not producing films on par with Pulp Fiction they still put out solid PG-13 movies.
    • Steven
      Storm Troopers were pretty bad shots in the original......
  • Chris Groves
    I'm wondering if Serkis is playing a live action role or if he was cast as some alien character that will require his performance capture expertise. So glad they are bringing back as many of the original cast-members as they are, but also mixing them in with new characters. This could end up being a great send-off to the original cast and a transition into the next generation of characters.
  • Ricardo_PT
    I wish they would have written more female characters. The star wars universe really seems like a good place for more awesome female characters. I want to see a witty female bounty hunter!
    • Dimius
      Dunno if you're into animation but Star Wars Rebels has a young witty female bounty hunter lined up for the main cast.
  • DAVIDPD
    Damn that picture is sweet.
  • DaveLister_JMC
    Any sign of Jar-Jar?
  • Professor_Bedlam
    The Force is strong with this picture!!!
  • ProWrestlingNO1
    Looks like Dwayne Johnson didnt get his wish to be in the new Star Wars : ( When Rock said last year that he wanted to be part of the new Star Wars, I thought straight away (IMO) that he would have made a real badass Bounty Hunter in that universe.
    • VAharleywitch
      There's still 2 more movies to come. He could still be in 7, just as a cameo/setup role vs most of it.
  • http://www.roamandthink.com/ Quanah
    I'm sure these Star Wars films will have just the right amount of fun and corny that the originals did. I'm finding it hard to believe that the spirit of Steamboat Willie will somehow take over. Looking forward to these a lot.

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