Star Wars Epsisode VII Casting News! -Tales From The Geek Side

tftgsThe day fans have been waiting for, THE ANNOUNCMENT OF THE EPISODE VII CAST! While we see the return of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels, we also welcome Star Wars newcomers: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow. 

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.”



Now more about the new cast:

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  • Domhnall Gleeson, son of Irish actor Brendan Gleeson, his film credits include About Time, Never Let Me Go and a recurring role as Bill Weasley in the Harry Potter films.
  • Daisy Ridley, a British actress, whose TV career has included bit parts in Casualty, Mr Selfridge and Silent Witness. She was also cast in the second Inbetweeners movie last year.
  • John Boyega, a 22-year-old British actor, who previously starred in the inner-London sci-fi Attack the Block. Along with Gleeson and Ridley, he is expected to be one of the “trio of new young leads” announced by director Abrams earlier this year.
  • Max von Sydow, a veteran actor equally recognisable as Knight Antonius Block in Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal and Father Lankester Merrin in The Exorcist. The 85-year-old Swede was Oscar nominated for his 9/11 drama Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close in 2012 and has previous sci-fi experience as Ming the Merciless in 1980’s Flash Gordon.
  • Oscar Isaac, who played the lead role in the Coen Brothers’ Oscar-nominated drama Inside Llewyn Davis last year. He is reportedly in line for “a major role” in the franchise.
  • Adam Driver, best known as Adam, the frequently shirtless love interest in cult comedy drama Girls. He has been widely reported to be playing Star Wars’ main antagonist.
  • Andy Serkis, a master of motion capture, famously responsible for creating Gollum in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. Outside of CGI, his acting CV includes a Bafta-nominated turn as Ian Brady in the television film Longford.

So the questions now are:

  1. What CGI character if any will Andy Serkis play?
  2. Will Max von Sydow be the baddie in the film or some ancient Jedi coming out of hiding?
  3. Where is Billy Dee Williams?
  4. Whose daughter is Daisy Ridley playing if any?
  5. What is the plot for Episode VII?

All these questions I am sure will be answered in time but let’s see what other news comes by May 4th 2014.

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