April 29th, Pinewood Studios, UK - Writer/Director/Producer J.J Abrams (top center right) at the cast read-through of Star Wars Episode VII at Pinewood Studios with (clockwise from right) Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Producer Bryan Burk, Lucasfilm President and Producer Kathleen Kennedy, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Andy Serkis, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Adam Driver and Writer Lawrence Kasdan. Copyright and Photo Credit: David James.

Star Wars VII Cast is Announced

The cast of Star Wars Episode VII has been announced on the official Star Wars site, which published this photograph of the cast meeting with director JJ Abrams.

April 29th, Pinewood Studios, UK - Writer/Director/Producer J.J Abrams (top center right) at the cast read-through of Star Wars Episode VII at Pinewood Studios with (clockwise from right) Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Producer Bryan Burk, Lucasfilm President and Producer Kathleen Kennedy, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Andy Serkis, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Adam Driver and Writer Lawrence Kasdan. Copyright and Photo Credit: David James.

The announcement that the film starts shooting in a couple of weeks has been greeted with excitement by fans around the world, and in Ireland there’s an additional welcome for the fact that it will feature Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson in an unspecified role.

It’s also been confirmed that the new film will include the original lead trio of Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford who will reprise their original roles, as well as Anthony Daniels (C3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), and Kenny Baker (R2D2).

In addition to Gleeson, the newcomers are named as John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, and Max von Sydow.

Criticism has been made of the fact that, with the exception of Carrie Fisher and Daisy Ridley, it’s very much a boys club. However, there are reports that Abram’s is not done casting yet, and that a substantial female role is yet to be announced.

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