After it was announced that the Star Wars franchise was set to continue, there was a good deal of speculation surrounding what was in store for the series. While there was certainly some skepticism surrounding Disney’s ownership of the franchise, fans have been kept mostly in the dark regarding what the future plans were for the series. With only their imaginations and what little clues that were revealed, fans speculated on what could be brewing under the hood of this new Star Wars title. Many began speculating about what could be going on, as Carrie Fischer, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill had all been spotted in London, where filming of the new movie is supposed to take place. All the waiting has paid off, as the cast for the new Star Wars movie has finally been announced.
As speculated, the film will feature the original three leads from the first trilogy, and a number of names that fans may be familiar with. The list of new actors is:
- John Boyega
- Daisy Ridley
- Adam Driver
- Oscar Isaac
- Andy Serkis
- Domhnall Gleeson
- Max von Sydow
These newly announced actors will be joined by the original Star Wars cast of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fischer, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker. This inclusion can only mean that the film is likely to explore the events after the fall of the Galactic Empire.
Although the new list of actors is very robust and supports a lot of very capable talent, some may notice that there seems to be a strange sense of something missing among the list. Looking closely, among the new heroes (or villians) of the Star Wars universe is just one, lonely female lead. Certainly the films could stand to see a few more female Jedi (or Sith) in action. However, the other side of this coin is that given Carrie Fischer’s role as the strong-willed, gunslinging, quick-witted Princess Leia in the original trilogy, perhaps fans will see another strong female lead, albeit the only one.
On top of the announcement of the new Star Wars title, there have been some major changes in the lore of the universe. The canonical content of the Star Wars universe has undergone some wide changes in preparation for the new trilogy on the horizon. In order to simplify the universe for the upcoming films, most of the Star Wars expanded universe, including books, movies and video games has been nixed from the canon. Some have inferred that characters from extended universe efforts may appear, but not in the same way that they do in their respective works. While it may seem like a disappointment to some who have delved very deep into the lore that the next major project in the film series will not include their favorite extended universe subplot, there is a certain element of practicality to reducing the size of what the film is working with. After all, not every run-of-the-mill Star Wars fan is going to know the ins-and-outs of what was previously canonical. Hopefully, the new film takes the series in a direction that is true to the saga and does not damage the established lore too heavily. The film is set to begin shooting in the next few weeks, and will be in theaters December 18th, 2015.
By Michael Foster