I haven’t been this excited about movie news in a while. After months of speculation, the Star Wars: Episode VII cast has been announced. Don’t worry, old fans, Han, Leia, and Luke are back in the mix along with C-3PO, R2D2, and Chewbacca. What’s more exciting is the crop of amazing young actors and actress joining the galaxy far, far away.
Here are the old faces that are (thankfully) returning to the series:
- Harrison Ford (My spirit grandfather)
- Carrie Fisher (Long time since she wore a gold bathing suit outfit)
- Mark Hamill (Will Luke be someone’s father?)
- Anthony Daniels (Human cyborg who speaks a million languages)
- Peter Mayhew (RAWWWWRRR, or whatever sound Chewy makes)
- Kenny Baker (I had no idea someone actually played R2D2)
And the new kids on the block:
- John Boyega (The guy from Attack the Block with a thick English accent that is somewhat impossible to understand)
- Daisy Ridley (A relative unknown)
- Adam Driver (You know him as Lena Dunham’s BF on Girls)
- Oscar Isaac (The guy who was really good as the guy who held the cat in that great Cohen brothers’ movie that no one saw last year, Inside Llewyn Davis)
- Andy Serkis (Gollum)
- Domnhall Gleeson (Bill Weasley in Harry Potter and the son of the brilliant Brendan)
- Max von Sydow (Old guy you’ve seen in a bunch of good shit)
I have so many random thoughts right now. I’m more pumped than I was the first time I saw the original three movies when they were rereleased back in the late 90s. I’ll spare you an attempt to form any coherent thoughts and just list whatever comes to my head.
Early Role Predictions
- Daisy Ridley plays the daughter of Han and Leia. I’m saying this because she’s sitting next to Ford and Fisher in the table read and I’ve heard from fans who read the books that Han and Leia has a daughter with a twin brother.
- Oscar Isaac plays the song of Han and Leia. Isaac’s got the chops to play a lovable, but stubborn lead a la Ford. Will he be dragged into fighting bad guys just like Han was in the original three?
- Adam Driver is the bad guy. This isn’t an original thought. It’s been talked about for a while now. But, as is Star Wars tradition, I think he starts out as a good guy and falls in love with the feared Dark Side of the Force.
- Andy Serkis doesn’t play a human. Again, nothing original about this idea.
- Boyega plays Ridley’s love interest. I don’t know why I’m feeling this, but I think they’re around the same age. The kid’s got acting chops and maybe Leia’s daughter falls for a rough-around-the-edges dude with a good sense of humor.
- Gleeson plays someone charming and funny. He’s the son of Brendan. I see a comedic, likable role for this guy.
- Max von old guy plays a bad guy. Star Wars loves their old white, white-haired men as bad guys. Is this too safe of a bet?
- Han Solo dies. Harrison Ford campaigned George Lucas to kill him off at the end of Empire Strikes Back. I think my spirit grandfather finally gets his wish here and he dies. It’s emotional, not just for me, but for everyone. His death sparks shockwaves of action throughout the universe.
- C-3PO and R2D2 finally tie the knot. It’s the 21st century. Everyone, robots, humans, whoever, should be allowed to get married. It’s time to stop pretending. Love is love. Whether it’s mechanical or not.
- Not much new technology. Remember, it hasn’t been a long time since the original Star Wars. Thirty years. That means a lot of the same shit. Awesome blasters, lightsabers, and hopefully… the Millennium Falcon. Oscar Isaac driving, anyone?
- Funniest Star Wars yet. Have you seen either of J.J. Abrams’s Star Trek films? He’s got a good sense of humor that’ll go a long way in upholding the Star Wars tradition. Expect the jokes to come at just the right time and for the dialogue to be punchy and exciting.
- Lots of lens flare. Abrams is from the Spielberg school of film, which bodes well for a franchise created by Steven’s best bud, Lucas. If you don’t know what lens flare was, see below.
- John Williams’s masterful score once again. What’s he got up his sleeves for making these new scores stand out?
- Billy Dee Williams pops up somewhere in these films. Let’s be honest, he’s not doing anything else and is still a smooth talker. Not so much when it comes to dancing.
- Box office record. I think this movie will beat Avatar’s worldwide box office record. It’s definitely the movie that has had the best chance in the past 20 years. Ugh. Avatar.
Hope you’re all excited as I am. Check out an old article I wrote for ScreenPicks that outlines what I think will happen in Episode VII. I was totally wrong on my casting predictions there.
May the Force be with you.