You read that headline right, dear readers. The highly anticipated sequel to Return Of The Jedi has a real life cast, bringing the old into the new, and the new into the old (or something like that).
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill, are set to reprise their roles officially confirmed by the studio as Han Solo, Princess Leia Organa (perhaps at this point Organa-Solo?), and Luke Skywalker respectively.
Peter Mayhew who played Chewbacca (and honestly, is the only qualified actor to do so living or dead) will also be reprising his role, although, that's not a huge surprise, it's still relieving to know for sure.
Among the new cast members that will be bringing something special to the table, Adam Drive, famous for his role on the hit series Girls as Adam Sackler, and such movies like J. Edgar and Lincoln, will be coming in for a currently unknown role, as will two-time Oscar nominee Max von Sydow, and Andy Serkis (we'll give you a minute to re-read that name) whom you may know as Gollum from The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.
The lesser known cast members that are taking the film hopefully next Christmas season: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, and Domhnall Gleason will be joining the famous few to make this picture something to remember.
Now, personally, I'm excited to see some unknown names on this casting list. JJ Abrams is pulling out all the stops in that he's not pulling out all the stops. He could've went right for the throat with an all-star cast, and let's face it, he's got a damn-near perfect lineup, but the less we know about the actors involved, the more compelling and immersive the story will ultimately become. It'll be a much better film if we can be easily convinced that these are characters in a story and less actors performing on the big screen.
That said, I wish the new guy's well in their performances (as well as issue the general geek warning not to screw this up or we will find you, and ruin your future career prospects) (just kidding) (but maybe not really), and here's to looking forward to Episode VII.
Filming is set to begin in London in May, but because this is JJ Abrams, the mastermind who managed to conceal Star Trek from spoilers for the duration of its production, we can imagine that he's going to be super careful with this. And if something does happen to leak, be responsible, report, isolate, and remove. Let's leave this one for when we get to see it in theaters. Maintain the illusion.