Star Wars

Star Wars Episode VII Cast Announced

By Will Oliver, April 29th 2014

Star Wars Cast Photo

For months now we have been fed many rumors and speculated over who would be included in the cast of the highly anticipated Star Wars Episode VII. Now we finally have our answer.

The first cast photo (posted above) for the film was released today, which includes both the new cast members, as well as the cast of the original trilogy. The photo also came with a press release detailing who is involved.

The new cast will include: John Boyega (Attack The Block) Andy Serkis, Adam Driver (as speculated), Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Daisy Ridley, and Max von Sydow.

The familiar faces that will be returning to the series are: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.

Find the official press release below.

The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

Director J.J. Abrams says, “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. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.

This is exciting news, even if we don’t know which characters the actors will be portraying. The bookings of John Boyega, Andy Serkis, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, and Domhnall Gleeson are particularly exciting to me, as I’ve been a fan of their work over the past few years and this is going to change the course of their careers forever. Of course, it’s very exciting to hear that Ford, Fisher, Hamill, Daniels, Mayhew and Baker are all returning.

There’s still much more information and plot detail to be shared over the upcoming months, but for now we can celebrate that Abrams has certainly picked one hell of a cast.


Photos via Variety

Ever since Girls, the star of Adam Driver has slowly, but consistently, been on the rise. Now with the latest rumor, he could be taking his biggest leap yet. According to Variety, Driver is close to signing a deal to play the main villain in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars Episode VII. This has been in the rumor mill for months, with Driver’s Girls schedule thought to be the problem preventing it from happening. But it looks as if that has been cleared up.

Variety’s sources say no deal is done yet, but the two sides are getting close. The details on the villain aren’t known yet either, but apparently it will be somewhere in the same vein as Darth Vader. Wow.

If these reports are legit, Driver is the first cast member to be revealed for the highly anticipated Star Wars entry, which comes out in theaters December 18, 2015.

Driver constantly steals scenes on Girls, and is my favorite part of the show. Last year he had some short but memorable appearances in Inside Llewyn Davis and Frances Ha, marking him as one of the hottest young actors in the game. If this rumor is true, this would obviously represent a huge breakthrough in the actor’s very promising career.

All we need is the official word from Disney.

This news makes his involvement in this song that much more great:

Chiwetel Ejiofor

UPDATE (10/2/2015): At this point in time, there is still no word on whether or not Chiwetel Ejiofor is a part of the continuing Star Wars franchise, as he is cast as Baron Mordo in Marvel’s upcoming Phase 3 film Doctor Strange. The original post continues below.


Naturally, the upcoming Star Wars Trilogy is one of the more anticipated things happening the movie world. The first installation, Star Wars Episode VII, is set for a release in December 2015.

The latest Star Wars rumor came by happenstance. The Times writer Rhys Blakely was headed into the Bad Robot office to interview the film’s director J.J. Abrams abuot Abrams’ about his new book S, and who did he founded waiting in there as well but Chiwetel Ejiofor himself. In the article Blakely writes:

The British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, front-runner in this year’s Oscar race (for his work in 12 Years A Slave – see our review here), is sitting in the lobby of J.J. Abrams’ office. If you’re a sci-fi fan, this might be very big news indeed.

Clearly this is just speculation, but Ejiofor is the frontrunner in the Best Actor Oscar race, so if he’s being considered for the new Star Wars film, this is big news for many reasons. We’ll eventually find out whether this rumor is true, or if he was just meeting J.J. for another Bad Robot-related project.

What’d You Miss?: Thor, Star Wars, and Ron Burgundy

By Jason Stack, November 4th 2013

What better way to kick off the second “What’d You Miss?” update with a whole bunch of front-loaded Marvel news? It makes sense, seeing as Thor: The Dark World hits US theaters this coming Friday.


Looking ahead from Thor: The Dark World to the end of Marvel’s Phase 2, there’s more and more trickling out about The Avengers: Age of Ultron as the days and weeks pass. This week brings the news that Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass) is a lock for Quicksilver/Pietro Maxomiff, the brother of Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olson, Martha Marcy May Marlene) and the son of Magneto/Erik Lehnsherr. The news, coming from The Wrap, confirms Latino Review’s scoop and the rumors that have been buzzing since June. The Avengers: Age of Ultron will hit screens – preceded by a massive Marvel marathon in Regal Cinemas and AMC Theatres, one would venture to guess – on May 1, 2015.

Slashfilm brings news that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be crossing over with Thor: The Dark World in an episode titled “The Well”, set to air on November 19th in the regular Tuesday timeslot of 8 PM. The episode, guest-directed by Jonathan Frakes (William Riker, Star Trek: The Next Generation) and most notably guest-starring Peter MacNicol (Janosz Poha, Ghostbusters II), follows the team cleaning up some of the aftermath of the movie’s Earth-bound events. The crossover should provide a boost, seeing as the Extremis tech from this summer’s Iron Man 3 is creating an overall season-long arc for the show. And here’s hoping that there’s something Captain America: The Winter Soldier-related come next April. No guarantees, though.

Thor in an Asgardian chamber as a part of Disneyland's Thor: Treasures of Asgard exhibit.

Thor in an Asgardian chamber as a part of Disneyland’s Thor: Treasures of Asgard exhibit.

If you’re craving a little more interaction with your Marvel movies, give Disney and your travel agent a call! Out at Disneyland in California, a Thor: Treasures of Asgard prop exhibit is opening up, following Iron Man’s stint at Innoventions. And looking out to sea, kids on the Disney Magic cruise ship will be able to train with the Avengers – provided, I would assume, that they’ve adjusted to their sea legs. (via Slashfilm)

And venturing over to another branch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there’s a bit more news breaking about The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the sequel to 2011’s franchise reboot starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey. Those craving a trailer are in luck, as Marc Webb (the returning director) tweeted in Elvish that the first trailer will unspool in front of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in a little over a month’s time.


The Wrap also comes bearing the news that Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, Johnny Marr, Michael Einzinger, and Dave Stewart will be teaming up to score the superhero sequel. The sequel (set for May 2, 2014), directed by the returning Marc Webb, finds Peter dealing with Electro (Jamie Foxx, Django Unchained), Rhino (Paul Giamatti, Sideways), and Norman Osborne (Chris Cooper, The Bourne Identity), possibly setting the stage for The Sinister Six in The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which already has a set release date: June 10, 2016.

Casting Around

Also coming from The Wrap is word that Bill Murray (GhostbustersCaddyshack, Zombieland, etc.) is set to voice Addison Drake, a villainous ghost in DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations. Additionally, Octavia Spencer (The Help) and Jennifer Coolidge (American Pie) have joined the cast. The film, set to hit theaters on June 5, 2015 (a little early for a kiddie Halloween film, if you ask me), follows two spirits (voiced by Seth Rogen and Melissa McCarthy) who are recruited to the Bureau of Otherworldly Operations – an elite counter-haunting unit – to save the world from the world’s greatest haunter.

Let’s Talk Film

I’m an NPR junkie. There, I said it. Why? There’s so much amazing content, both entertainment related and not. I, however, lean towards all things entertainment, so one thing that caught my attention recently was Alfonso Cuaron’s interview with Kurt Andersen on WNYC’s Studio 360 (above).

Additionally, Tom Hanks and Paul Greengrass spoke with Terry Gross of Fresh Air about their experience filming Captain Phillips. It’s a solid 40 minutes, give or take, and hearing Tom Hanks talk about his various projects is something else.


Who doesn’t love Star Wars? And who doesn’t love gag reels? Without further ado, I present a recently unearthed gag reel from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (above)!

I’m a sucker for whatever Improv Everywhere puts out, and for the last few weeks, they’ve been posting a weekly series, entitled ‘Movies in Real Life’. This week’s, probably the best of the bunch so far, is a tribute to Back to the Future.

The fine folks over at How It Should Have Ended can be a little hit-and-miss with their parodies at times (just my opinion), but their latest parody for World War Z, arguably the summer’s only zombie flick, goes more for plot inconsistencies rather than lampooning tropes and genres. Well … maybe, maybe not.

And to close things off with a little Halloween hijinks, a Boise sportscaster decided to have some fun during the 6 PM Halloween newscast. You stay classy, Boise! (via Deadspin)


We’ll see you back here next week with more film/entertaiment news you might’ve missed! And be sure to let us know if there’s anything we missed to include in next week’s post!