After almost a year of speculation, the cast of the highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII was announced today. Yesterday, I posted that Oscar Isaac and Zac Efron were being considered for a role and rumors have floated around for months that actors like Lupita Nyong'o, Jennifer Lawrence and Chiwetel Ejiofor were being considered for a role. Well, we found out the truth today. Here's the casting breakdown.
-Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker
-Harrison Ford as Han Solo
-Carrie Fisher as Leia Skywalker
-Anthony Daniels as C3PO
-Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca
-Kenny Baker as R2D2
-Max Von Sydow
That's quite the cast and according to The Wrap, JJ Abrams and company may have a few more surprises up their sleeve. However, I'll settle for just this right now. My anticipation for this movie has tripled with the announcement of some of the names in this cast. Adam Driver is a captivating young talent and I loved his performances in Frances Ha and Inside Llewyn Davis. Oscar Isaac is fantastic as well and was brilliant as the title character in Inside Llewyn Davis. Andy Serkis is the king of motion capture. Von Sydow is a screen legend. Gleeson and Boyega are rising stars.
All in all, this is a great cast with rising stars and great actors alike. I'm excited to see what Abrams does with this cast and I can't wait to see this movie. If there's even more names thrown out there in the future, I'll be even more excited.