The cast of the eagerly awaited next instalment in the Star Wars series has been announced. And it looks remarkably like the cast from the cult original, with the addition of two young British actors whose fame is set to soar as a result.
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, who made their names as Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker, will return for Star Wars: Episode VII, which is due to open in December next year.
Director JJ Abrams, who has been given the responsibility of resurrecting the series after three disappointing sequels, revealed his casting choices.
Abrams said he was “so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII”. As well as bringing back the main three stars from the original trilogy, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker, who played robots C3P0 and R2D2, will also return, as will the man in the Chewbacca suit Peter Mayhew.
There are a series of new actors joining the original cast including veteran Max von Sydow and Andy Serkis, the man behind Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Among the surprise stars is John Boyega, a British actor who is best known for his turn in science fiction film set on a London council estate, Attack the Block. He also appeared in Half of a Yellow Sun and the recent series of 24.
Daisy Ridley, also from the UK, has only a few film credits to her name including the forthcoming Inbetweeners II. She has appeared on the BBC in Silent Witness and as Roxy Starlet on ITV in Mr Selfridge. Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, who starred in Richard Curtis comedy About Time, has also been cast.
“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,” Abrams said.
The director added that shooting on the movie was due to start shooting “in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud”. Adam Driver, who starred in Lena Dunham's TV hit Girls, was also among those cast.