Star Wars Episode VII Cast Announced

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JJ Abrams has clearly missed a trick. If he’d waited only five more days, he could have announced the cast for the new instalment of the Star Wars franchise on May the Fourth, thus resurrecting the annual gag that everyone uses on that date that never grows old. But he didn’t. He announced it today. Idiot.

Disney and Lucasfilm put an end to the tiresome rumours about who was and wasn’t going to appear in the new Star Wars, by today confirming the film cast via the official Star Wars website. As this site only gets visited by nerds, and grown men who dress up as Wookies, we’ve got the full announcement 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.

There can’t be a Star Wars fan on the planet who won’t be excited by the news that the original cast will be resuming their old roles, in what JJ Abrams promises to be a return to the old feel of the original three episodes, the first of which was released way back in 1977. Star Wars Episode VII is due for release in the UK and the rest of the world on December the 18th 2015, which should give those who are confused by Roman numerals enough time to work out which episode it actually is.

Christian started writing film reviews at school for a local paper. Since then he has written for BBC Radio 4's Newsjack and The London Film Review. He also writes and presents a comedy show on AbingdonXtra, an Oxfordshire based radio station.