I am so very happy to announce that yesterday the cast for J.J. Abrahams' "Star Wars: Episode VII" was revealed! So let's not beat around the bush and get you updated:
Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Anthony Daniels (C3PO) and Kenny Baker (R2D2) will all reprise their roles from the previous films, and eventhough we don't know how much they will appear in the new trilogy (and knowing that most of them are probably not in the best age for grand-scale action sequences), it is awesome to see them back to bring some nostalgic feelings.
On the list of "newbies", the biggest name probably is the master of performance capture himself: Andy Serkis. Considering his best known roles are Gollum, King Kong, and Caeser from the Planet Of The Apes-Franchise, there is a high chance he might be playing a half animated character once more, especially in a fictional universe that is so rich in alien species.
Next on the List is Oscar Isaac, who has shown us his diversity on screen with different roles like a low status criminal in Drive, an arrogant King in Robin Hood and most recently (and most notably) a struggling folk-singer in Inside Llewyn Davis.
He is joined by Max von Sydow, probably best known by todays audience for being the "old wise and/or sophisticated supporting character" in films such as Minority Report, Robin Hood, Shutter Island and Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close. Domhnall Gleeson (an Inidie-actor with his only mainstream role to date being the one of Bill Weasley in the Harry Potter Franchise) & Adam Driver (portraying Adam Slacker on the HBO-Series Girls) are in on it as well, the latter even already known to play a villain.
Another not-so-present-in-the-audience's-mind actor that was cast is 22-year-old Brit John Boyega (Attack The Block and the upcoming 24 season). Given that his name is mentioned at the beginning of the casting list, I dare to speculate that he might be our new main protagonist, which would make him the first black lead character in a Star Wars movie (Mace Windu must be proud). However, something that has been typical for both, the prequels and the original trilogy, is a single but strong female lead. As the only female on the list of new cast members, I assume TV-Actress Daisy Ridley to be the one to take over that part and we should all wish her the best of luck, because Princesses Leia & Amidala... well... those are some big-ass shoes to fill.
Nevertheless, I am excited to see so many of lesser known faces in the cast, as I think this new trilogy needs some fresh wind to sell the new characters, and having Andy Serkis in the mix can never be a bad thing either. The introduction of the story-line on the other hand will most likely benefit from the presence of our beloved "Star Wars veterans".
Well, now there's nothing left for me to do than to check out a few of these actors' works to see what I am in for... oh, and of course to tell all those lesser-versed movie goers: "No, that green little Yoda guy won't be in this film... watch the original trilogy please!"
May the Force be with you,
P.S.: I really don't know why they didn't wait the six days till May the Fourth to announce this....