J.J. Abrams, you have chosen wisely.
The official Star Wars: Episode VII cast list was released this week via an artsy black and white photo of the first table reading. Take a look at the assholes who totally stole your thunder in the open casting call last winter:
John Boyega landed the lead role as your new Star Wars hero. The rising star is a 22-year-old British actor that you’ve probably never heard because his biggest roles so far have been in movies like Attack the Block and Half a Yellow Sun. But rest assured, the force is strong with this one.
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Daisy Ridley is a 22-year-old newcomer in Hollywood and the only female cast member so far. Feminists are up in arms about it but will hopefully simmer down after reports of a second female cast member are confirmed.
Adam Driver joins the dark side as Episode VII’s villain. You know him as Lena Dunham’s awkwardly charming dude on Girls and Al Cody in Inside Llewyn Davis.
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Oscar Isaac earned his stripes as the Coen brothers’ leading man in Inside Llewyn Davis.
Andy Serkis is a nerd favorite. Who can not love the guy who played Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy AND Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes?
Domhnall Gleeson became one of your favorite gingers in show business when he played Bill Weasley in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2.
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Max von Sydow is a Hollywood sage and has been acting since the original Star Wars movies came out. He was also Father Lankester Merrin from The Exorcist and is an Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor.
One of the best parts about Episode VII is that these new cast members will reunite with the OG Star Wars crew. We’ll see the epic returns of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Kenny Baker (R2-D2), and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca). The new cast got a thumbs up from Luke Skywalker himself. After the casting announcement, Hamill tweeted, “I was knocked out by the diverse & extraordinarily talented new cast members. WOW they’re good! The saga is in superb hands.
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