Star Wars Episode VII Finally Has a Cast!

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At long last, Disney’s Star Wars Episode VII has a cast. Filled with familiar and new faces, the next chapter of the saga suddenly become a lot more real.

After much speculation, it has finally been confirmed that Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and yes, even Harrison Ford will reprise their roles from the original Star Wars trilogy. They will be joined by Peter Mayhew, once again wearing the walking carpet as Chewbacca; Anthony Daniels, the face behind C-3PO you’ve never seen; and Kenny Baker, proving that all the special effects in the world can’t take the humanity out of R2-D2.

Yes, yes, I know. But wait, it gets better.

Newcomers include John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domnhall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. It looks like the seventh entry will adhere to the tradition of casting stars just before they become mega-famous, and throwing in one well-regarded actor for good measure.

Driver has only received acclaim for his role on HBO’s Girls. Some considered Isaac’s role from Inside Llewyn Davis not being nominated for an Oscar a snub. Serkis is the go-to guy in Hollywood for motion capture, having created Gollum, Caesar, and King Kong. And Max von Sydow is just awesome, but here’s to hoping he plays Palpatine’s Sith successor.

Rumor has there is still a major female role uncast.

It appears that previously speculated Lupita Nyong’o and Jesse Plemons have been left out. Another name notably missing is Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando Calrissian in the original trilogy.

J.J. Abrams has begun production on the new film, set for release December 18, 2015. More news as the story develops.

By Matt Dougherty

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