The cast for Star Wars Episode VII has finally been announced in one long sentence. The official press release on Starwars.com reads
“The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.
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.
Director J.J. Abrams says, ‘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.'”
Very little is known so far about Episode VII, other than it will pick up about 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi. Andy Serkis and Max von Sydow hardly need an introduction. The talented Oscar Isaac caught everyone’s attention with his performance in Inside Llewyn Davis, and he has also starred in the Australian film Balibo, as King John in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood and alongside Ryan Gosling in Drive. John Boyega is best known for Joe Cornish’s urban British sci-fi horror Attack the Block and Biyi Bandele’s Half of a Yellow Sun. Adam Driver portrays Adam Sackler on the HBO series Girls and also appeared as Samuel Beckwith in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. Muggles know Domhnall Gleeson as Bill Weasley from the Harry Potter films, and he has also appeared in Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina and the Coen brothers’ True Grit as as Moon (the Kid). Newcomer Daisy Ridley, who rumour has it will play the daughter of Leia and Han Solo, has appeared on British television shows Silent Witness, Mr Selfridge, Casualty and will appear in The Inbetweeners Movie 2.