New Star Wars: cast announced

Posted Apr 30, 2014 by Tim Sandle
The cast of the new Star Wars movie — the 7th installment — has been announced. And yep, the rumors were correct. It features Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill.
Star Wars  collage illustration
Star Wars, collage illustration
Star Wars episode seven is due to begin filming next month at Pinewood Studios near London. The new movie is set about 30 years after the events of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
As well as Ford (who will play Han Solo), Fisher (Princess Leia) and Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker will also return as C-3PO, Chewbacca and R2-D2 respectively.
Other actors confirmed, according to the official website, are Andy Serkis and Max von Sydow, alongside relative newcomers John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, both of whom are British. Many of the cast were drawn from auditions that took place in the U.K. last November.
According to the Hollywood reporter, Adam Driver is to play the main villain. He is best known for his role in hit TV series Girls, but has also recently appeared in films including Lincoln and Inside Llewyn Davis. Oscar Isaac, who played the lead role in the Coen Brothers' Oscar-nominated drama Inside Llewyn Davis is also featured.
Of the other "newcomers," there is Andy Serkis, a master of motion capture, famously responsible for creating Gollum in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Max von Sydow featured in both Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal and as Ming the Merciless in 1980's Flash Gordon.
Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by JJ Abrams and it will be released in cinemas on 18 December 2015. Disney purchased "Star Wars" production company LucasFilm for $4.05 billion in 2012 and plans to make at least three movies based on the continuation of the main movies and three movies focusing on particular characters.