After the prequel trilogy that many fans widely regarded as a colossal disappointment, the announcement of the cast for Disney and Lucasfilm’s seventh instalment in the Star Wars franchise has lifted the dark, murky veil of Jar Jar Binks and given the saga’s fans a glimmer of hope. Lucasfilm put out a surprise press release detailing the actors who would be coming together to work on the upcoming film to be directed by J.J. Abrams.
Included in the fairly extensive cast list are the likes of Adam Driver of HBO’s Girls; Domhnall Gleeson, best known as Bill Weasley in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I & II; John Boyega who appeared in the 2011 film Attack the Block; Oscar Isaac, the star of the 2013 film Inside Llewyn Davis; the Oscar-nominated Max von Sydow; Andy Serkis, who is quickly rising to the heights of nerd royalty after appearing in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit films, as well as the remake of Planet of the Apes; and the fresh face of Daisy Ridley, who is about to rocket into a realm of fame she could have never imagined after appearing in a Star Wars film, assuming the movie does well.
However, the part of the announcement that is giving fans a lot of excited reactions is that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher will be returning to the galaxy far, far away in their original roles of Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia, hitting the perfect spot of nostalgia, and raising hopes and expectations for the film. Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, and Peter Mayhew, whose names may not be recognized by folks who are not die-hard fans because they played non-human characters, respectively the droids C-3PO and R2D2, and fan-favorite, the Wookiee Chewbacca, will also be reprising their roles from the original trilogy in the upcoming film.
Also worth mentioning is that the soundtrack will be composed by John Williams, who has written the music for all six films since 1977.
This announcement is particularly interesting because of how diverse the cast is in terms of how well they are known – they have cast veterans alongside completely unknown actors and cult favorites alongside fresh faces. The explanations for how different the lead trio from the original Star Wars films looks after all these years will also be something to watch out for in this installment.
According to director J.J. Abrams, shooting for the film starts in a few weeks, which means fans are sure to see some behind-the-scenes photos and get a glimpse of the cast in costume. There is no question that the revival of the film franchise by Disney was a controversial decision, especially after the stale taste that the prequel trilogy left in the mouths of fans, but with the cast for the upcoming Star Wars film being revealed there seems to be a genuine air of hopefulness and genuine excitement among fans. The film is set to come out in theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.
Opinion by Robin Syrenne