With all the rumors of the cast coming to London to begin production on the new film, Lucasfilm has released the cast via a statement on the StarWars.com website. Since the website will most likely be crashing throughout the day, the statement is listed below in its entirety:
Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Announced
April 29, 2014
April 29th, Pinewood Studios, UK – Writer/Director/Producer J.J Abrams (top center right) at the cast read-through of Star Wars Episode VII at Pinewood Studios with (clockwise from right) Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Producer Bryan Burk, Lucasfilm President and Producer Kathleen Kennedy, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Andy Serkis, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Adam Driver and Writer Lawrence Kasdan. Copyright and Photo Credit: David James.
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 ofStar 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.”
Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015
After many rumors, we have finally received confirmation that the original stars will be back for the new trilogy helmed by JJ Abrams! On top of new stars, we will see new up and comers with the likes of Adam Driver, who is rumored to be up for the role of a lead antagonist. One can only wish General Thrawn makes his cinematic debut, but that is just the Expanded Universe fan in me.
I have nothing but hope for a faithful sequel in the hands of J.J. Abrams. With Lawrence Kasdan also on board for the screenplay (aka the man responsible for Empire Strikes Back), I believe we are going to get the proper treatment Star Wars has deserved since the original trilogy ended with Return of the Jedi.