Director J.J. Abrams has big shoes to fill as he takes over George Lucas’ “Star Wars” saga and installs new chapters, starting with “Star Wars EpisodeVII.” He is already surrounded by good company as the original cast including Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker reprising their iconic roles and today, an announcement has been made that the cast has been finalized with new additions.
Joining Abrams and the iconic cast of the original “Star Wars” saga includes John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow. Though the characters they will be playing are unknown at this stage there are some familiar names in this line-up worth mentioning.
Oscar Isaac, recently starred in “Inside Llewyn Davis,” directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, as well as films like “Drive” and “Sucker Punch.” Andy Serkis is a well-known commodity for his work as Gollum in Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” saga. Adam Driver is a TV star from HBO’s “Girls,” but has been seen in major films such as “Lincoln” and “J. Edgar.” Perhaps the most distinguished new addition to the “Star Wars” universe is recent Academy Award nominee Max von Sydow, who was nominated for his supporting performance in “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” Domhnall Gleeson is the son of veteran actor Brendan Gleeson was recently seen in “About Time,” and parts one and two of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” John Boyega and Daisy Ridley are both considered newcomers with considerable television backgrounds.
J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan will helm the screenplay, while Abrams directs. “Star Wars Episode VII” arrives in theaters on December 18, 2015.