Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Star Wars Cast List Revealed

The cast list has been announced and according to IMDB is as follows:
Andy Serkis
Harrison Ford
Mark Hamill
Carrie Fisher
Domhnall Gleeson
Oscar Isaac
Adam Driver
Daisy Ridley
John Boyega
Max von Sydow
Peter Mayhew
Anthony Daniels
Kenny Baker

Obviously there could be more added to the list when it comes to the next couple of films, but as for the 7th Star Wars film, these are the central characters, or at least the names that people will care about.

In classic Star Wars tradition there are some young up and coming stars set to be in these films: John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley and Domhnall Gleeson...

One of the big names, to me though, was Andy Serkis. He can play anyone or anything much the way he did for the Lord of the Rings series, and the King Kong film. He could be 10 different people. Having him involved is a pretty big deal.  Also in classic Star Wars tradition, a famous and well respected older star Max von Sydow could be that role we saw in the original trilogy for Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan Kenobi) or Peter Cushing (Tarkin), and the way Christopher Lee (Dooku) was for the prequel trilogy.

While the old cast members may not be a big part of the film(s) it's kinda nice that they'll be there, but again, I hope they don't necessarily become central characters.  I think they'll be there as a nod to the classic films, in a role that sort of passes the torch to these younger characters, but beyond that this trilogy will likely have to be more about the newcomers.

We know that after Return of the Jedi Luke was tasked with training new Jedi, and that the Galaxy is recovering from having been under control of the Empire.  It's likely they'll be rebuilding (or have already rebuilt) the old Republic the way it was in the prequel trilogy.  I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

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