Meet the Cast: Star Wars Episode VII

Star Wars Episode VII fever is in full swing, and will only get bigger as the months roll on and the release date gets closer! Official Star Wars Costumes has been following the news closely, and we’re here now to give you the background scoop on the actors, new and old, picked to represent the future of Star Wars.  Star Wars has officially announced who will be in the newest installment into the Star Wars Series.

Star Wars Cast Reveal
Star Wars Revealed the Cast on April 29, 2014

Returning

Those actors reprising their roles for the new movie include Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, and Kenny Baker.

Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) has been in numerous plays and film works, but has become acclaimed for his proficiency doing voice-acting work for animated movies, television, and video games. His most famous role is that of the Joker, Batman’s arch nemesis, starting with the animated series in 1992. He continued to play the character, including movies, and the new Arkham series of video games by Warner Brothers, though those would be his last.

Harrison Ford (Han Solo) has been in more than fifty movies, most famous of which are the Star Wars movies, Indiana Jones movies, Blade Runner, The Fugitive, and Patriot Games. In 2008, worldwide grosses of his movies passed 6 billion dollars, making him the fourth highest grossing U.S. Star.

Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) is best known for Star Wars, but has numerous other claims to fame as well. She wrote a bestselling novel Postcards from the Edge, which was then made into a film. Her screen credits include Ringo, The Blues Brothers, When Harry Met Sally, and more.

7’ 3” Peter Mayhew’s (Chewbacca) film career is somewhat limited, but he did star in the film Terror, as well as providing a voice for the English version of Dragon Ball GT: A Hero’s Legacy. Outside of that, he constantly reprises his famous Star Wars role for ads and appearances. He is now a naturalized citizen of the U.S., and a business owner in Boyd, Texas.

Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) has appeared in Ralph Bakshi’s animated version of the Lord of the Rings and other small roles. He has written several Star Wars-related stories, and is also an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Kenny Baker’s (R2-D2) other films include The Elephant Man, Time Bandits, Willow, and Labyrinth.

New Actors

We are as of yet unaware what roles these men and women will play, but we can still give you the details of their career. The new blood is John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.

John Boyega, 22, was a performing arts student at South Thames College, getting such roles as Othello in 2010. He’s been in several plays and films, including Attack the Block, Junkhearts, and Half of a Yellow Sun.

Daisy Ridley, age unknown, has yet to be seen outside of television, though Scrawl, her first film, will be opening in 2014. Before this, she has had bit parts in television shows since 2013. While we can’t really predict what her role will be, it’s suspected she’ll play Jaina Solo, Han and Leia’s daughter.

Adam Driver, 30, was the first new actor to be announced, is most famous for his recurring role on the HBO series Girls. He has been in numerous small film roles, and several stage productions. It was reported by Vanity that Driver will play a villain in Episode VII.

Oscar Isaac, 35, is a Guatemalan-born actor that graduated from Juilliard in 2005. He has been a number of film and television productions, including The Nativity Story, Drive, The Bourne Legacy, and, most famously, Inside Llewyn Davis as the title character.

Andy Serkis, 50, is a famous live and motion-capture actor most well-known for playing the insidious Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as the Hobbit movies. Other film credits include Tintin, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, and Longford. He’s also had a career in television, and motion-capture for video games. Here’s hoping he doesn’t play a Gungan!

Domhnall Gleeson, 30, is an Irish actor, director, and writer. You may have seen him in the two final Harry Potter films, in which he played Bill Weasley (He’s also the son of Brendan Gleeson, who plays Alastor Moody in the films). Gleeson began acting in 2004, and has appeared in films such as True Grit, and Anna Karenina, as well as many others. He’s directed two short films: What Will Survive of Us, and Noreen.

Max von Sydow, 85, is a Swedish actor who is well-known for his part in Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal as the knight that plays chess against Death. Sydow has enjoyed a long career in film. Famous examples include The Exorcist, Flash Gordon, Minority Report, and Shutter Island.

There you have it! Actors and actresses new and old that we hope will make Star Wars Episode VII something amazing come 2015. Along with the interesting news dealing with the Star Wars EU, lately it’s been quite a whirlwind for fans!

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