‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ cast revealed

“The Force is with them,” Rebecca Ford and Borys Kit report for The Hollywood Reporter. “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 Star Wars: Episode VII, the much-scrutinized re-launch of the George Lucas sci-fi franchise now owned by Disney.”

“The casting announcement caps off months of speculation about who would star as the trio of new leads in the J.J. Abrams-helmed film,” Ford and Kit report. “Abrams, Lucasfilm and Disney have for months kept casting details as secretive as plans for a Death Star.”

MacDailyNews Take: As in: Not very (considering that the Rebel Alliance had the Death Star plans before the thing was fully operational).

“Familiar faces from the original trilogy are expected to appear in the new film, which is slated to hit theaters on Dec. 18, 2015,” Ford and Kit report. “Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are said to be returning, and, as THR exclusively reported, Peter Mayhew will reprise his role as Chewbacca.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Although Lucas’ last three craptaculars nearly obliterated all that came before, now we have a A New Hope. Fingers crossed!

MacDailyNews Note: 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.

StarWars.com, where the official announcement was made is currently being pounded unmercifully and is as unresponsive as Microsoft was to Apple’s iPod, iPhone, and iPad.


  1. Yaaaaaaaawn.

    My interest in seeing Disney desecrate Star Wars vanished the instant they announced the Expanded Universe is no longer canon. I don’t want to be a fan of a Star Wars franchise that doesn’t view Mara Jade and Grand Admiral Thrawn as having existed.

    1. Under the new rules, if previous material is referenced it becomes canon. I dare say major Expanded Universe characters such as Thrawn and Mara will be fine.

      Heck, Episode II even referenced a character from the original Marvel Star Wars comics (at least in the background material – the air speeder stolen by Anakin was owned by one Senator Greyshade).

    1. Steve Jobs, Laurene Powell Jobs, George Lucas, Disney, Pixar.

      Apple co-founder Steve Jobs bought what would become the Pixar we know today from George Lucas during his Apple exile. That’s enough right there, even if Jobs didn’t sell Pixar to Disney (which also later bought Lucasfilm and Star Wars) and become the company’s largest individual shareholder (which is now Steve’s widow Laurene via trust).

      (Brought to you by Carl’s Jr.)

  2. Lucas sure is riding that one trick pony to its death. Without “Star Wars”, where would George Lucas be? I mean he probably did other works, but I would have to google to learn.

    1. Lucas sold Lucasfilm and the ‘Star Wars’ franchise to disney for $4.05 billion last October.


      Before he sucked through 3 Star Wars prequels, Lucas also did THX 1138 and American Graffiti and also was executive producer and story writer on all four of the Indiana Jones films. We won’t talk about Howard the Duck.

      1. THX 1138 is a certified sci-fi classic that holds up today. If i remember correctly it was a film school project for Lucas.

        The white rooms are eerily reminiscent of Apple’s current logo.

      2. I’ll talk about Howard the Duck!

        Once that travesty of a film went to video, it was actually a huge hit. I think of it as being on a par with ‘Plan 9 From Outer Space‘. It’s so bad, it’s good. And it’s REALLY bad. How they turned a fun and snarky comic book into that POS is beyond imagination. Only from the mind of George Lucas…

    2. “American Graffiti” and “THX 1138”.

      “American Graffiti” was nominated for:

      Best Picture
      Francis Ford Coppola
      Gary Kurtz

      Best Actress in a Supporting Role
      Candy Clark

      Best Director
      George Lucas

      Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Published or Produced
      George Lucas
      Gloria Katz
      Willard Huyck

      Best Film Editing
      Verna Fields
      Marcia Lucas

  3. First there came the Ewoks, then a 6 year old “cute” Anakin, then Jar-Jar, and now the final desecration…a Star Wars movie by Disney. The dream is now officially dead.

    1. It’s always busy at Pinewood. They have dozens of stages and there are always blockbuster movies being filmed there. I’ve worked there loads of times and the stages and outside lots are continually in use.

  4. This is exactly what is killing entertainment now days. The entertainment industry has no creative bones in their bodies. It’s all remakes, premakes, prequels, sequels, quasi-postquels, and whatever “-quels” will come about. It seems like this has been happening since 2000. I know my comic isn’t that original, but I still made it unique enough to be mine. There really needs to be a paradigm shift in today’s entertainment. I hadn’t seen any good movie since the 90s.

  5. MDN is doing the usual lazy thing of lumping all the prequels together as “craptacular”. Episode III wasn’t that bad, and II was a definite improvement on I.

  6. Max von Sydow

    *Fan* – But I’m hoping JJ Abrams doesn’t do to Max what Lucas did to Liam Neeson. That had to be the lamest, most 1 dimensional part in Liam’s career, a travesty.

    Please JJ: Kick your best writers into gear and make this as great as ‘Fringe’.

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