Official Star Wars Episode VII movie cast announced

The classic cast will be joined by a slate of experienced and novice actors new to the franchise, but will they also voice their characters in the upcoming games?

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The entire cast of the upcoming Star Wars movie, Episode VII, was officially revealed today. This isn't strictly gaming news, but given the recent announcement that all Star Wars content going forward, including the games will be part of the Star Wars canon, this has larger implications for the Star Wars universe as a whole (including the games).

Also, we're pretty big Star Wars fans here at GameSpot.

Some of these actors will undoubtedly play some role in the in-progress games from Electronic Arts in some form another. However, EA has been clear that they are not making games based explicitly on the films.

Cast members new to Star Wars include:

  • John Boyega (Attack the Block)
  • Daisy Ridley (Blue Season, Scrawl)
  • Adam Driver (HBO series Girls)
  • Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, Drive)
  • Andy Serkis (Gollum in The Lord of the Rings)
  • Domhnall Gleeson (Boy Eats Girl, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)
  • Max von Sydow (The Seventh Seal, The Exorcist)

And the returning original stars include:

  • Harrison Ford (Han Solo)
  • Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia)
  • Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker and the voice of Joker in the Batman Arkham games)
  • Anthony Daniels (C3PO)
  • Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca)
  • Kenny Baker (R2D2)

For the announcement, director J.J. Abrams said, "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 performerscome 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."

How do you feel about the casting choices? Let us know in the comments below.

Justin Haywald is a senior editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @JustinHaywald Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Discussion

447 comments
andfx8
andfx8

Adam Driver is good, he's a complex actor, it'll be interesting to see how Abrams utilizes him 

anakvunky
anakvunky

Andy Serkis.... that enough reason to watch it...

StammBladecastr
StammBladecastr

Well hell, while we're at it let's just put Abrams in charge of Doctor Who and everything else from my childhood too.

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

The movie has to be set 30 years after episode 6.  


I prefer a new cast and them doing the Thrawn Trilogy

quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

i wonder if they will make it better then the original,but knowing disney...


i doubt it. 

grbolivar
grbolivar

Why is this news on a Videogame site? Why should we gamers care about this?

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

What, no Vin Diesel in the cast list????!!!!

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

I wonder if Chewbacca in this new movie is going to have a gut, and be a little shorter and hunched over, since the original actor is playing him 30+ years later.

shreddyz
shreddyz

Justin knows this is GAMEspot right?

mr_nee
mr_nee

So i guess this movie will feature a ridiculous amount of lens flares

UltimateBastard
UltimateBastard

Yes we all know this is a gaming website, but gamers and Star Wars go hand in hand

Triton
Triton

Carrie Fisher can play as Jabba the Hutt now unless she has lost some weight.

mariusturok
mariusturok

from what i read in the comments i noticed a lot of people here have no fucking clue what the original star wars story was like, or what characters took part in it. this new generation is sad indeed... and i am not even born in the Star Wars era, about 20 years later.

Karchy
Karchy

I expected Ryan Gosling to replace Ewan McGregor..

Bladestop
Bladestop

I wonder what ungodly sum of money it took to get Ford to play Solo again?

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Getting the original cast back isn't as good as it sounds.  Has anyone SEEN Carrie Fisher lately?  Also Harrison Ford has a widely known hatred for playing Han Solo.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

good to see that they have god the main originals back.

twentysixred
twentysixred

I had glimmers of hope until I read this:  " George Lucas will act as creative consultant on Episode VII (and other new Star Wars films)."  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_Episode_VII


Let's hope Disney can keep Lucas contained enough to make a half-decent movie.  Otherwise it's going to be a pile of puke like everything else Lucas has 'creative direction' over...

johnnycontardo
johnnycontardo

Now all I want to know is:


Will Mickey Mouse be making a cameo or not?


That will pretty much be a deal breaker for me.

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

Max Von Sydow! Damn, that guy is about 250 years old. I bet he plays a super sith lord.

deadpen
deadpen

7, 8, and 9 are about luke turning to the dark side right? Then Leia's son has to stop him. At the end of 9 is shows the entire story from 1 to 9 was told by C3PO (cause he isn't much of a story teller as he said in 4). 

Zloth2
Zloth2

Eh - it won't be the Thrawn trilogy of books.  I guess it could still be OK... maybe...

One thing we can be sure of is that the games coming out along side the movies will reek.  Games made years after its over might work out but the ones trying to ride the publicity wave?  Nah.

markbot
markbot

Domhnall Gleeson will be the son of Leia and Solo. Luke will have been presumed dead...but comes out of hiding to train Gleeson's character. Daisy Ridley will be the younger sister. Gleeson will be a smugler type character until he begins to use the force.

acepedro12
acepedro12

How to write about something that has nothing to do with the site's theme? I know! Let's just ask some really stupid question!

pimpofdoom
pimpofdoom

@grbolivar Besides the obvious large amount of games that this squeal trilogy will spawn personally I care much more about this compared to whatever DLC/squeals Activision is pushing these days. 

dbene
dbene

@grbolivar  


pretty much anyone with a pulse would have at leas a reaction to this.

koospetoors
koospetoors

@shreddyz  You're average gamer probably watched Star Wars or is a Star Wars fan, regardless, this is worthwhile news to post.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@shreddyz I do agree that movie news might be getting just out of the scope of this sight, but if it happens occasionally with Star Wars I don't mind.  What I wouldn't want to see is this site turn into IGN, which talks about everything entertainment related, then I'd stop using this site.

ForceSkin
ForceSkin

@Bladestop  Probably the same amount that it took for him to star in a movie about aliens, skulls and Nazis

ccusick
ccusick

@deadpen Except 3PO told a huge amount of "story" to the ewoks in Ep.6.   That was just a stupid part of my youth I had to endure.   I guess he got the story app upgrade somewhere in Ep5. 

(Further complaint:  Old Ben Kenobi says:  "I don't remember ever owning a droid." Ep 4)

Shadowcreeper31
Shadowcreeper31

@deadpen  Errrr, well since nothing is canon anymore we don't know. But the story after has most of the galaxy being destroyed by people from another galaxy. People survive and whatnot and leia and han's son turns out to be the next dark lord who kills Luke's wife Mara (who he married after converting to the light side because she was Emperor Palpatine's personal assassin) during his ascension. Eventually he is stopped but a dark omniscient being is awakened who theoretically helped create the galaxy (Celestial) and Ben (Luke and Mara's son before she died... well second son because their other one died helping stop the extra-galactic threat mentioned above) eventually stops it (actually a her) and thats generally where the story ends.

Isaac_Redfield
Isaac_Redfield

@koospetoors @shreddyz 


Your, not "You're".  Seems like that's the new popular word to completely misuse on the internet now, because it's everywhere.
Read your sentence, except start it with "You are" instead.

Karchy
Karchy

@nwn2244 @KarchyObi-Wan ordered a clone for himself like Jango Fett when he was on Kamino

EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT!

ccusick
ccusick

@MISTMAN77 @xgalacticax (the Merciless)  

I saw that in the theater.   ... man, I cannot recall a soundtrack like that in any movie since.   I can't even think of a band that could be as big as that was.

deadpen
deadpen

@ccusick  Well he only told 4 and 5 but yea it was a "hidden" joke in the movie. 

As for Ben Kenobi yea WTF was wrong with him Alzheimer's? To match his comment in Ep 7 they need to have someone walk up to Han and say "There is a wookie looking for you." and then he could say "I don't knowing any wookies."

deadpen
deadpen

@Shadowcreeper31 Now that would be worth seeing, but disney will have to jew it down a little LOL. No lets hope they keep it true to the original (4 and 5 really maybe 3). I liked the marval disney movies (but I never followed the comics soooooo I could just enjoy not knowing how screwed up it might be).