A few days ago Disney and Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams announced announced the key cast members of Star Wars: Episode VII - 19 long months after the new Star Wars trilogy was originally announced back in October of 2012.
The biggest news is the return of the trio of actors that defined Star Wars for a generation: Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Harrison Ford as Han Solo, and Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa. However, many of the performers Abrams has assembled for Episode VII aren’t household names and I had to look a few up on IMDb. These are the faces we’ll see wielding lightsabers on on December 18th, 2015.
Most people know Adam Driver as Hannah Horvath’s erratic boyfriend on HBO;s ‘Girls‘. According to the latest rumors we’ll be seeing him as a villain in ‘Episode VII.‘ (Photo courtesy of HBO.)
Oscar Isaac earned rave reviews for his performance in ‘Inside Llewyn Davis,‘ which I have yet to see, but the actor has been working his way up the ranks for years, snagging smaller roles in movies like ‘Sucker Punch,’ ‘Drive,’ and ‘The Bourne Legacy,‘ which I have seen and thoroughly enjoyed. (Photo courtesy of CBS Films.)
Daisy Ridley has just a handful of credits to her name – namely UK TV shows like ‘Casualty‘ and ‘Silent Witness‘. More so than any other actor in the cast, she’s a mystery!
Max von Sydow
Max von Sydow simply needs no introduction. He;s a veteran and has appeared in everything from ‘The Seventh Seal‘ and ‘The Exorcist,’ to ‘Shutter Island‘ and ‘Minority Report.’ No one knows what role he’ll be playing, but I recon he’d be the most menacing Sith Lord this side of Christopher Lee! (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)
Domhnall Gleeson is an Irish actor who has recently caught people’s attention with his performance in Richard Curtis’ latest film, ‘About Time.’ He’s also appeared in movies like ‘True Grit‘ and, of course, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows‘ as the eldest Weasley brother. (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures.)
You may not know his face, but you know Andy Serkis. He’s Hollywood’s go to motion capture performer and the guy behind Gollum, King Kong, and Caesar in the new ‘Planet of the Apes‘ films. When it comes to bringing CG characters to life, there’s simply no one better and I assume he will be bringing a CG character to life, rather than acting directly. (Image courtesy of Gage Skidmore / Flickr.)
For many, the key ingredient that made ‘Star Wars‘ work was Han Solo. The confirmation of Harrison Ford’s return is some of the best news — let’s just hope it turns out better than ‘Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull.’ (Image courtesy of Summit Entertainment.)
Carrie Fisher had all but confirmed that she would return as Leia Organa months ago but now it’s official. We already know that ‘Episode VII’ won’t be following the expanded universe novels, so where Leia and Han are 30 years after ‘Return of the Jedi’ is anyone’s guess. (Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore / Flickr.)
Since ‘Star Wars,’ Mark Hamill has made a name for himself as a prolific voice actor — including an iconic take on The Joker – as well as a rather creepy stint in ‘Criminal Minds‘. (Photo by Sascha Steinbach / Getty Images.)
Seen here in a promotional still from ‘Revenge of the Sith,’ Anthony Daniels has been the man behind C-3PO since the very beginning. This wasn’t a shock casting. (Photo courtesy of Lucasfilm.)
Kenny Baker has worked with everyone from Terry Gilliam to Jim Henson over the years, but for ‘Episode VII’ he’s returning to his most iconic role: R2-D2. (Photo by M. Tran / FilmMagic)
Peter Mayhew and his 7-foot, 3-inch frame, have always been behind Chewbacca’s mask. Here we see the actor — now 69 — in a publicity still from ‘Revenge of the Sith.’ (Photo courtesy of Lucasfilm.)
This last photo is from the ‘Star Wars: Episode VII‘ table read at the legendary Pinewood Studios. I would have loved to be there!
Clockwise from writer-director J.J. Abrams we have: Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, producer Bryan Burk, Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Andy Serkis, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Adam Driver, and writer Lawrence Kasdan. (Photo by David James, courtesy of Lucasfilm.)