Star Wars fans and science fiction nerds alike are in the streets rejoicing today’s announcement of the Star Wars Episode 7 cast. For months, rumors have been flying around faster than Luke Skywalker speeding through Tatooine on a land speeder. The most accurate rumors did ring true as Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Anthony Daniels (C3PO) and Kenny Baker (R2D2) returned for another payday. John Williams will also return to handle orchestra duty.
Although, it will be strange not seeing a Star Wars movie made without George Lucas, the Star Wars franchise should thrive under the capable hands of director J.J. Abrams. Abrams is an talented director known for his work on Star Trek, Fringe, Lost and Alias. Not only does Disney own the Star Wars franchise (Disney paid out $4 billion in 2012), Disney also owns Marvel comics, which include Spiderman, the Avengers and the Xmen..
The newest cast members of the Star Wars franchise include veteran actor Max Von Sydow, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, and Andy Serkis. The Forbes website had a unusual take on the movie. Their website headline states the cast is “mostly white guys.” Therefore, don’t expect too much diversification regarding race and gender.
According to Forbes, we shouldn’t expect to see too many non-white lightsaber wielding Jedi knights. Speaking of diversification, there was no mention of Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams). The smooth talking rogue must still be recovering from his appearance on Dancing with the Stars.
A website titled the Week reports the plot will take place 30 years after “Return of the Jedi” and involve the children of Han Solo and Princess Leia. The site also mentions the story will take place on the infamous ice planet Hoth, which hasn’t been seen since “The Empire Strikes Back.” It was also the place where a hungry Wampa almost had Luke Skywalker for lunch.
For now, Star Wars fans will have to visit various websites to read the latest rumors. According to CNN, the movie is expected to arrive on the big screen in a galaxy near you on December 18, 2015. Star Wars fans: mark your calendars.