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Andy Serkis and John Boyega join Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: Episode VII

Star Wars

Story by Jack Foley

BRITISH actors Andy Serkis and John Boyega will star in Star Wars: Episode VII along with returning cast members Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.

The casting news was finally confirmed on the official Star Wars website on Tuesday when a picture was also posted of some of them together with director JJ Abrams and R2-D2 in a wooden box.

Other returning cast members from George Lucas’ original movie include Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker as, respectively, C-3PO, Chewbacca and R2-D2.

The complete list of newcomers, meanwhile, reads as follows…

Domhnall Gleeson, son of Irish actor Brendan Gleeson, whose film credits include About Time and the forthcoming Frank alongside Michael Fassbender.

Daisy Ridley, a British actress, whose TV career has included bit parts in Casualty, Mr Selfridge and Silent Witness.

John Boyega, a 22-year-old British actor, who previously starred in the inner-London sci-fi Attack The Block. Along with Gleeson and Ridley, he is expected to be one of the “trio of new young leads” announced by director Abrams earlier this year.

Oscar Isaac, who was recently seen playing the lead role in the Coen Brothers’ Oscar-nominated drama Inside Llewyn Davis and who will shortly be seen in The Two Faces of January. He is reportedly in line for “a major role”.

Max von Sydow, a veteran (at 85) character actor (and icon) whose extensive list of roles includes Knight Antonius Block in Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal and Father Lankester Merrin in The Exorcist.

Adam Driver, best known as Adam, the frequently shirtless love interest in cult comedy drama Girls, who can currently be seen alongside Mia Wasikowska in the film Tracks. He is tipped to be playing Star Wars’ main antagonist.

Andy Serkis, the motion capture master responsible for creating Gollum in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and Cesar the ape in Rise of The Planet of The Apes and its forthcoming sequel. Outside of CGI, his acting CV includes a BAFTA-nominated turn as Ian Brady in the television film Longford.

No announcement has been made about the specific parts each of the cast members will play.

And, as yet, no unknown cast members have been unveiled from the open auditions that were held in the UK and Ireland last November to find a “street smart and strong” orphaned girl in her late teens and a “smart capable” man in his late teens or early 20s.

Episode VII will be the fifth Star Wars movie to to be shot in the UK. It is due to begin shooting at Pinewood Studios, near London, in May (2014) and is due in cinemas on December 18, 2015.

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