The Force is strong with this one. The cast of the much-anticipated Star Wars Episode VII was announced today to much initial excitement and fanfare all over social media. A crop of new actors are entering the series, including genre veterans Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings‘ Gollum) and Max von Sydow (Flash Gordon) and a whole crop of younger actors. The news also confirmed that the reports have been true all along, that Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher are indeed returning to reprise their original roles, and they’re joined by Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Anthony Daniels (C-3P0) and Kenny Baker (R2-D2). Other newcomers to the Star Wars universe are John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, and Domhnall Gleeson.
After the first moments of joy, the reaction started to turn a bit muddy as the inevitable analysis started happening. Some people are actually concerned that so many of the original cast have come back, seeing in it the haunting spectre of Indiana Jones IV. Others are justifiably upset at the noticeable lack of female roles in the new cast, with only one visible female character among the new faces.
It’s only possible to say so much without details of the story or foreknowledge of what’s to come in Episode VII itself, let alone VIII and IX. What are your thoughts on the announcement? Let us know in the comments!