The names Pip Anderson and Crystal Clarke probably don’t ring a bell. One is studying at Glasgow University, one is a professional free-runner who appeared in a Spider-Man ad for Sony.
But both have been announced as cast members in the seventh Star Wars film, meaning that you’ll be seeing them everywhere before you know it.
The next film, now revealed with the subtitle The Force Awakens, is due for release Christmas 2015, which means there’s still a lot of time to go before the first film in the new trilogy. Until then, we’ve put together everything we know about the next set of films in the Star Wars saga.
It Takes Place 30 Years After Return Of The Jedi
A smart move, since it means the trio of actors playing Luke, Han and Leia – Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fischer – could reprise their roles without it feeling gimmicky.
But The Film Will Star “A trio of young new leads”…
Which probably means the offspring of the original characters. Jedi came out in 1983, just over thirty years ago, so it ties in quite nicely.
J.J Abrams Is Behind The Force Awakens
He's the resident geek-done-good; Abrams came up with Lost, for a start, but has also earned his stripes with the scary, artful thriller Super 8 and the angry apocalyptic monster film Cloverfield, which were both huge commercial and critical success stories.
But he’s also adept at working with other writers materials, having resurrected and rebooted Star Trek, taking an aging franchise with a fiercely loyal fanbase and making it feel shiny and new. Star Wars is in good hands.
The Photo Of The Primary Cast Contains A Few Clues
Ahead of what is actually known as Star Wars Day (May 4th, as in, May The Fourth Be With You. Yes, you heard), the primary cast were revealed in a photo that we shamelessly scrutinized within an inch of its life.
There was fevered speculation. Adam Driver was sitting quite near J.J Abrams. Anthony Daniels, the man who plays C-3PO was present, as was actual R2D2. You can read our analysis here.
Adam Driver Might Be Playing A Villain
The internet nearly melted when it was announced that Adam Driver from Girls was appearing in the film. Despite heavy rumours suggesting he will play a Vader-level villain, details are still sketchy. But Driver’s surly, perceptive, sardonic character Girls has armed him with the ability to play a complex, nuanced character, good or bad.
There Are Some Exciting Actresses Joining The Film, Too
Let’s face it: the Star Wars films aren’t noted for having great female parts. But the new films may be attempting to balance that by casting some of the most critically acclaimed actresses right now into roles.
These include 12 Years A Slave’s Lupita Nyong’o and Game Of Thrones' Gwendoline Christie, who are both reported to have prominent roles. Christie’s skill with a broadsword playing Brienne Of Tarth will surely come in handy; will she be the first lady with a lightsaber?
As of July 18th 24's Christina Chong is rumoured to have joined the cast. As with all other newcomers, her allegiance to either side of the Force remains under wraps.
Empire Strikes Back Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan Is Returning
If the hottest new actors and the most talked about directors and producers make you worry that the new franchise could distance itself too far from its own strengths, Empire Strikes Back screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan is on board to steer things in the right direction.
The Millennium Falcon Might Be Back
Given that he spent six years teasing the end of Lost – and letting everyone down in the process – J.J Abrams isn’t the man to trust with concrete information.
But his cryptic tweet recently showed some of the Millennium Falcon’s interior (well, a Dejarik table), which could mean the iconic space ship is going to return. You owe us, Abrams.
Breaking Bad's Rian Johnson Is Directing Episodes VIII And IX
Getting the director of 2012’s Looper on board is a smart move. The film, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, examined an old sci-fi trope with a fresh and exciting lens, producing a nuanced, exhilarating performance.
He’s also the man behind ‘Ozymandias’, Breaking Bad’s gut-punching, heart-wrenching, emotionally charged saturation point; an episode many (correctly) believe is one of the best episodes of television ever produced.
A Door Fell On Harrison Ford, But He’s Okay
There was an understandable level of panic when it was revealed last month that Harrison Ford had to be airlifted to hospital after getting his leg crushed in the door of the Millenium Falcon.
Thankfully he’s okay, although he needs to have a plate and some screws inserted in his ankle.
The studio is going on a brief hiatus in August, with Ford is filming above-the-waist until then.
The Film's Still Scheduled To Come Out December 2015
Despite one of the show's main characters being immobilised for a brief period, the studio have confirmed that the delays won't affect the release of the film.
Yes, it seems like far away, but December 18th 2015 will be here before you know it.