It’s finally official — the cast for the new Star Wars film directed by J.J. Abrams has been announced.
Coming as no surprise to fans is the return of Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and Kenny Baker (R2D2). However the big news from Abrams is the inclusion of the esteemed internationally award-winning actor Max von Sydow.
Joining them will be Andy Serkis (LOTR, Hobbit, Planet of the Apes), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Mr. Selfridge), Adam Driver (Inside Llewyn Davis), Oscar Isaac (The Bourne Legacy) and Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter films).
Hand-picked by Abrams and George Lucas this lineup may be the most impressive since the original Star Wars IV with Sir Alec Guinness in the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi. That also includes the behind-the-camera pros like screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark), producers Kathleen Kennedy and Bryan Burk and the exciting return of original Star Wars composer John Williams providing the film soundtrack.
“We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII,” said Abrams. “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.”
Here’s your first look at the full cast for Star Wars: Episode VII —