Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Star Wars: Episode VII cast revealed!

Today, Lucasfilm officially announced the new cast for Star Wars Episode VII. Joining the stars of the original trilogy will be John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. I'll do a breakdown of each newcomer to examine the role they might play. I won't be including Adam Driver because we went over him in earlier posts. 

John Boyega
Age: 22
Most known for: Attack the Block, Imperial Dreams
Possible role: Don't get me wrong, I'm sure he's a good actor, but due to his obscurity, he's most likely been cast in the film because of his resemblance to Lando Calrissian. He could be playing a young Calrissian, but because the movie is explicitly taking place AFTER Return of the Jedi, he could easily be playing Lando's son. This would be completely chronologically acceptable for his age. 

Daisy Ridley
Age: Unknown, but most likely below 35.
Most known for: Probably no films/television shows that you would know of. 
Possible role: She is so obscure that IMDB already has Episode VII listed as the first thing on her "known for" list, even though it isn't coming out for a year and a half. People are speculating that she might be Han Solo and Leia Organa's daughter just because she was sitting between Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher in a picture. That seems like a pretty good guess. 

Oscar Isaac
Age: 35
Most known for: Inside Llewyn Davis, Drive, Robin Hood (2009)
Possible role: He's young enough to potentially play a Skywalker or Solo, but he could also be a smuggler/bounty hunter. 

Andy Serkis
Age: 50
Most known for: Lord of the Rings trilogy, Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Possible role: Andy Serkis is the island in this sea of (relative) obscurity. You might not know his face, but you know his voice as Gollum from the LOTR trilogy and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. In all of his most famous roles, he wears a skin-tight bodysuit on set, and the skin/fur is added in through CGI. He could possibly be playing a Wookie, maybe Chewbacca's son. 

Domhnall Gleeson
Age: 31 
Most known for: About Time, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 1+2
Possible role: He could be playing one of the Solo/Skywalker children. 

Max von Sydow
Age: 85
Most known for: Minority Report, The Exorcist, Shutter Island
Possible role: The most famous elderly character in Star Wars is by far Emperor Palpatine (not counting Yoda because he's CGI). I suppose he could be playing an older Palpatine (if Palpatine had survived), but Ian McDiarmid (who played Palpatine in both trilogies) is still very much alive, so there would really be no reason to recast him.

What do you think of the completed cast? What classic characters are you hoping to return in Episode VII? Tell me in the comments, and may the force be with you. 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, I like this post a lot.

    Daisy Ridley is 21-22 years old.