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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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Reader Feedback - 44 Comments

1

I hope Ford brings his A game. Can't wait for a trailer.

Xerxexx on Apr 29, 2014

2

He needs to because all of his past work of the last years was B at best.

Buzzfunk on Apr 29, 2014

3

Yeh he has seemed really tired in his last few movies.

Brian Sleider on Apr 29, 2014

4

I want to believe.

Xerxexx on Apr 29, 2014

5

I believe in Harvey Dent.

Reznik on Apr 29, 2014

6

And look how that turned out. Five dead!

Xerxexx on Apr 29, 2014

7

More like C-

cobrazombie on May 1, 2014

8

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.

avconsumer2 on Apr 29, 2014

9

I have faith.

Xerxexx on Apr 29, 2014

10

Where's Ben Affleck?? Haha, just kidding!! Can't afford to ruin this franchise too.

Peter North by Northwest on Apr 29, 2014

11

I cant wait to Ban nails it and all the neck beards flock and say he was great.

Brian Sleider on Apr 29, 2014

12

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...

si1ver on Apr 30, 2014

13

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.

Brian Sleider on Apr 30, 2014

14

In Abrams we trust. Excited about sydow and Isaac though.

Jon Odishaw on Apr 29, 2014

15

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.

Buzzfunk on Apr 29, 2014

16

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.

Cocaino Weaver on Apr 29, 2014

17

Sith Gungan... yeesh... "Youssa not knowing da big bomb bad power of da dark side!"

avconsumer2 on Apr 29, 2014

18

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

avconsumer2 on Apr 29, 2014

19

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.

Cocaino Weaver on Apr 29, 2014

20

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...

Ali Miller on Apr 29, 2014

21

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".

Cocaino Weaver on Apr 29, 2014

22

Are you mentally handicapped?

Chris Groves on Apr 29, 2014

23

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.

Cocaino Weaver on Apr 29, 2014

24

Your mom is a spaceship 😀

Guest on Apr 29, 2014

25

FYI the original trilogy were U certificate. I'm sure they'll be decent family movies, just like the originals.

MikEy on Apr 29, 2014

26

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.

Cocaino Weaver on Apr 29, 2014

27

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!

MikEy on Apr 29, 2014

28

Pirates and Burton's Wonderland both had eye gougings, to my recollection. The movies in general didn't seem very child-like.

OfficialJab on Apr 29, 2014

29

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.

Mxyzptlk on Apr 29, 2014

30

Disney owned Miramax when Pulp Fiction was released, your arguement is invalid.

Brian Sleider on Apr 29, 2014

31

And what year was that exactly and do you think that would be good for Disney's reputation today? Argument invalid.

Cocaino Weaver on Apr 29, 2014

32

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.

Chris Groves on Apr 29, 2014

33

troll harder.

Brian Sleider on Apr 29, 2014

34

Nope, Touchstone is a Disney house. While not producing films on par with Pulp Fiction they still put out solid PG-13 movies.

Brian Sleider on Apr 29, 2014

35

Storm Troopers were pretty bad shots in the original......

Steven on Apr 30, 2014

36

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.

Chris Groves on Apr 29, 2014

37

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!

Ricardo_PT on Apr 29, 2014

38

Dunno if you're into animation but Star Wars Rebels has a young witty female bounty hunter lined up for the main cast.

Dimius on Apr 29, 2014

39

Damn that picture is sweet.

DAVIDPD on Apr 29, 2014

40

Any sign of Jar-Jar?

DaveLister_JMC on Apr 29, 2014

41

The Force is strong with this picture!!!

Professor_Bedlam on Apr 29, 2014

42

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.

ProWrestlingNO1 on Apr 30, 2014

43

There's still 2 more movies to come. He could still be in 7, just as a cameo/setup role vs most of it.

VAharleywitch on May 1, 2014

44

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.

Quanah on Apr 30, 2014

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