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‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Cast Finalized: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson & Max Von Sydow

Star Wars Episode VII CastThe cast of Star Wars: Episode VII is now official, announced by the team on StarWars.com, complete with a photo of a read-through. As Mike Fleming Jr reported yesterday, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver and John Boyega are aboard, as are Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow and Daisy Ridley. They join returning franchise players Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.

Related: ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Cast: Photos

abrams__120217054827__130124215848-150x150This pic has been supernova-hot ever since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in October 2012 and announced its intention to reboot the franchise. That got the hard-core fans (there are legion) excited, but the question remains if the franchise can be restored to anywhere near the status it reached before George Lucas essentially cratered the second three movies in the series. Now the speculation will begin if this group has what it takes to make it happen, led by Abrams, who has the sci-fi cred and now has picked his soldiers to head into battle. He is directing, co-writing the script with Lawrence Kasdan and producing with Kathleen Kennedy and Bryan Burk.

Disney has set a December 18, 2015 release date for the first pic in a planned trilogy.

May the 4thLittle is known about who will play what, though it’s thought Driver, a standout on HBO’s Girls, will play the main villain. Also notable: there is only one new female character on this list joining Fisher. The biggest reaction so far has been to Ridley — a Brit actress who has been in a handful of UK series including Mr Selfridge — both because she is fairly unknown and because she’s the only new face keeping this from becoming a total sausage party.

“We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII,” Abrams said in the announcement today, which puts a cap on months of cast speculation  – most of it BS. (The announcement also included a cast photo.) “It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.” Read More »

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Is Latest ‘Star Wars’ Casting Rumor Actually True?

By | Wednesday February 26, 2014 @ 1:17pm PST

USA-'Look Back In Anger' Meet & GreetAfter pretty much every name in Hollywood has been mentioned in connection with the new Star Wars movie being directed by JJ Abrams, we’re hearing that Girls star Adam Driver is actually, really truly in the mix to play the main villain in the franchise pic from Disney and Lucasfilm. Nothing is imminent, we’re told, which means the only casting that’s official so far remains R2-D2. The production has set up offices  for Star Wars: Episode VII at the UK’s Pinewood studios ahead of its December 18, 2015 release date. Looks like our pals at Variety got to this one first.

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Adam Driver Joins ‘Hungry Hearts’; Bryan Greenberg Boards ‘A Year And Change’

By | Friday November 15, 2013 @ 4:34pm PST

Girls’ Adam Driver has signed on to star in Saverio Costanzo’s Hungry Hearts opposite Alba Rohrwacher. Driver and Rohrwacher play a couple who meet by chance in New York City and develop the perfect love story – marriage, children – only to find their happiness in jeopardy and in a struggle for life or death. Driver can be seen in The Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis. He also stars opposite Mia Wasikowska in the upcoming film Tracks, and in Warner Bros.’ This Is Where I Leave You. Driver also recently wrapped Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young with Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts. Driver is with Gersh.

How To Make It In America‘s Bryan Greenberg will headline indie dramedy A Year And Change (formerly Dear Jen). Greenberg plays the role of Owen, who decides it’s time to make some big changes in his life after falling off a roof at a New Year’s house party. Over the next year, he quits drinking, re-enters his estranged son’s life, reignites old friendships, and falls in love with Vera (Claire van der Boom), a bank teller and fellow divorcee – all in an attempt to replace family members he’d lost prematurely. TR Knight, Marshall Allman, Jamie Hector, Kat Foster and Jamie Chung round out the cast. Filming begins later this year in Rockville, MD. R. Stephen Seuttinger will direct in his feature debut. Suettinger … Read More »

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