Speculation about a casting announcement for Star Wars was running high after Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill were all spotted in London this week. And while some were thinking the news would come on Star Wars Day (May the Fourth), Lucasfilm and Disney posted the new cast list today.
Returning to the galaxy far, far away: Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, and Peter Mayhew. Notable is the absence of Billy Dee Williams from this list, begging the question as to whether or not he’ll come on board at a later date. Given that he’s been in the public eye pretty front-and-center with his performance on Dancing With the Stars, it’s surprising that he’s not among those named in the cast.
The new faces: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.
Driver has been rumored to be the new villain, and both Boyega and Isaac have been mentioned in recent weeks. But the addition of von Sydow to the cast is a surprise, as his name has not come up among the many rumors over the past months. He is quite arguably this trilogy’s Peter Cushing, bringing the experience of a career spanning decades.
Gleeson looks to be a good fit for Ben Skywalker, and Ridley looks very much like a Solo. But will there be twins? Could Driver be playing the fallen Jacen Solo to Ridley’s Jaina?
Reaction to the announcement has already included complaints that it’s male-heavy, with Driver the only other female lead besides Fisher. Still other complaints that the cast is mostly white. Unless you figure that someone likely will be in make-up. And could Serkis be playing a CG character via motion-capture as he has in Lord of the Rings and Rise of the Planet of the Apes?
Jason P. Hunt (founder/EIC) is the author of the sci-fi novella "The Hero At the End Of His Rope". His short film "Species Felis Dominarus" was a finalist in the Sci Fi Channel's 2007 Exposure competition.