JJ Abrams is killing us with this slow trickle of “Star Wars: Episode VII” information.
After lots of speculation, Abrams has deigned to reveal the stars of “Star Wars: Episode VII,” and the line-up is pretty much exactly what we’ve been hearing for the past few months. As per StarWars.com, the cast newcomers will include John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow, with Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker returning.
Of course, the names being bandied about aren’t exactly news to “Star Wars”-watchers. We’ve been hearing about “Girls” star Adam Driver snagging a “Star Wars” role since February, when Variety reported a rumor that the lanky actor was in negotiations to play a big baddie “in the vein of iconic ‘Star Wars’ villain Darth Vader.” Sounds kinky. John Boyega beat out the other actors vying for the lead role of a young Jedi, which is pretty cool! If you sci-fi fans haven’t seen him in “Attack the Block,” you should rectify that ASAP. Believe it. Boyega is also in the upcoming adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel “Half of a Yellow Sun,” with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, and Anika Noni Rose.
Oscar Isaac is new to the “Star Wars” game, but the buzz around the “Inside Llewyn Davis” star has been getting louder and louder for some time. Whether he’ll be on the on the side of the Force or not has yet to be revealed. The only name bandied about that wasn’t part of today’s official announcement was Maisie Richardson-Sellers, who was rumored to be up for the role of a young woman related to Ben Kenobi. Of course, there’s sure to be more “Star Wars” news to come.
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill have been seen chilling in London. How convenient.
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