While early reports hinted that Star Wars: Episode VII cast was being considered with a number of big names including Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o. Although the 12 Years a Slave star didn’t make the final cut, the folks over at Lucasfilm Ltd. have unveiled the cast of the highly anticipated sequel which includes British-Nigerian actor John Boyega.
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.”
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.
Take a look at the gallery for pictures of all the current cast members so you can put a name with the face.
Photo: Alberto Reyes, Andres Otero, Bernd Ullrich, Brian To, Dominic Chan, Judy Eddy, Oliver Hausen, Rui M Leal, Z.Tomaszewski/WENN.com