April 29, 2014
Rebecca Tucker
Posted with permission from National Post | Arts

The wait is over

StarWars.com The newly announced Star Wars cast.

The wait is over.

On Tuesday, the main cast for the upcoming Star Wars: Episode 7 was announced, with original trilogy stars Mark Hammill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford - Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo - confirmed to appear in the upcoming film.

The three will join Star Wars newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.

No character names have been revealed for the batch of newcomers. The film's confirmed stars was revealed alongside a photo of the cast holding what are presumably the film's scripts, sitting alongside director J.J. Abrams.

"We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. 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 in a statement. "We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud."

Tuesday's announcement settles nearly two years of speculation about the film's principal cast, with many of the names on the list of confirmed stars having already been bandied about as potential cast members. Droid R2D2 - pictured in a box alongside the film's cast on Tuesday - was the only confirmed star up to this point.

Other details about Episode 7′s production have been leaked, but sparingly - and barely. Earlier this month, it was confirmed that some of the film's action would return to Tattoine, the home planet of Luke and Anakin Skywalker - the latter of whom would, of course, become antagonist Darth Vader. Just days earlier, Disney chairman Alan Horn revealed that, while some filming had already begun, Episode 7‘s script wasn't quite done.

The film has also run into its share of bumps in production, with Episode 7′s original script writer, Michael Arndt quitting the production in October 2013. Arndt was replaced by Lawrence Kasdan, one of the original Star Wars scribes - he co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.   

 Star Wars: Episode 7 was announced in October 2012, when Disney purchased Lucasfilm for a cool US$4.05-billion. The film will be released on Dec, 18, 2015 - a date that, before Tuesday's casting announcement, was also unknown.