Well, it's time for all of the guesswork and rumors to come to an end. Just yesterday word hit that J.J. Abrams was planning a big table read with the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII, suggesting that the cast had already been put together. Coupled with sightings of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher in London, we knew an announcement had to be coming. And now here it is, along with the above photo of everybody assembled together.
And so what we have are names we had been hearing about for weeks, such as John Boyega and Adam Driver, with some that only cropped up recently such as Oscar Isaac and Andy Serkis. Along with them are veteran actor Max von Sydow, Domhnall Gleeson (About Time), and newcomer Daisy Ridley, who is probably taking that role Maisie Richardson-Sellers was rumored for. And of course there are the original stars, Hamill, Fisher, Ford, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, and Anthony Daniels.
So what's left for Star Wars Day when it arrives on May 4th? Official plot synopsis, maybe? A title? Logo? Or will further announcements wait until Comic-Con?
Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18th 2015. Check out the full press release below:
The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.
Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.
Director J.J. Abrams says, "We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud."
Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.