The cast of Star Wars: Episode VII has finally been announced. Fans have waited anxiously to find out who will join original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill in the next installment of George Lucas’s franchise, which is now owned by Disney.
In light of recent rumors, it should come as no surprise that John Boyega (Attack the Block) and Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) have been cast. Among other well known actors on the list: Andy Serkis, whose résumé includes Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the Lord of the Rings films; Max von Sydow, known for such films as Minority Report, Shutter Island and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, for which he earned an Oscar nomination; Adam Driver, whose credits include Lincoln, reportedly in the role of an undisclosed villain; and Daisy Ridley, best known for her work on television, notably episodes of Mr. Selfridge and Silent Witness.
A relative newcomer is Tony-nominated actor Domhnall Gleeson, remembered for his character Bill Weasley in Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows, parts one and two.
Directed by J.J. Abrams, this chapter of the Star Wars saga is set 30 years after the timeframe of 1983’s Return of the Jedi. Filming will begin in May, and Star Wars: Episode VII is expected to hit theaters Dec. 18, 2015.