Star Wars Episode VII: What You Need To Know About The New Cast

All you need to know about the young stars bound for a galaxy far, far away

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The announcement of the Star Wars: Episode VII cast sent the internet ablaze this week. 

Fans and non-fans alike united in breaking down who exactly the new recruits are, who they'll be playing, and how they'll place among the existing cast. 

With the seven names joining franchise veterans Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford we'll probably be kept in the dark about what director JJ Abrams has up his sleeve until much closer to the slated release date. 

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In the meantime here are the seven newly confirmed cast members, and what we know about them so far.

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1 | Oscar Issac


The Guatemalan born actor is one of the more recognisable names on the list. Isaac most recently played the down-on-his-luck title character in The Coen Brothers Inside Llewyn Davis which saw him nominated for a Golden Globe. With other credits including Drive, and Che: Part One, Isaac will also be seen in The Two Faces of January opposite Viggo Mortensen this month. 

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2 | John Boyega 

22 year old Boyega will be familiar to most as Moses in the Sci-Fi Brit-flick Attack The Block. Before his huge Episode VII debut you can catch him in 24: Live Another Day which begins airing next week. 


3 | Domnhall Gleeson

Gleeson is having a stellar 2014 so far; appearing Frank led by Michael Fassbender as well as the acclaimed dark comedy Calvary. Oh, he's also the son of Irish actor Brendon Gleeson.


4 | Adam Driver

Driver's involvement in the franchise had been rumoured since his Girls co-star Lena Dunham sent this message into the Twittersphere in February:

 


His big screen roles include period pieces J. Edgar and Lincoln and since his latest takes place a long ago in a galaxy far far away this'll probably be no different. Okay, maybe a little.


5 | Andy Serkis

The three-time Gollum one-time King Kong leads to believe that the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit  actor may purely be taking on a voice or 3D role. Hopefully he'll be more Jabba the Hutt and less Jar Jar Binks.

6 | Max Von Sydow

Those who don't remember Sydow as Emporer Ming from Flash Gordon may remember him as Blofeld in Never Say Never Again, and if not, than maybe one of his other 150+ screen credits may jog your memory. We've got all fingers crossed to see him as the big villain. 


7 | Daisy Ridley

It is the elusive Daisy Ridley that has everyone in a frenzy  – due to the fact no one knows who she is. Save for a few TV credits including a season two episode of Mr. Selfridge we haven't seen, or heard a whole lot from her. Her Twitter went down a few hours after the news broke, only adding to her mystery. She may be the youngest new member (if we knew how old she was) but there simply nothing to go on at this point. Although speculation says she may take on the role of Princess Leia and Han Solo's daughter, Jaina.

8 | ?

Now, there have been rumbles that principle casting has yet to be completed, and that a young female actress may be joining the roster above. 12 Years A Slave star Lupita Nyong'o is said to be close to signing on after she'd allegedly met with JJ Abrams earlier this year. The other name making rounds is Maisie Richardson-Sellers, who if you google her, is as equally well known as Daisy Ridley.

Apart from that, there's no more information out there, so we're gonna have to sit tight and await what happens next. Don't disappoint us JJ.

Star Wars: Episode VII will open 18th December 2015.

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