The Shmooze

Star Wars Episode VII: The Cast Is In!

By Anne Cohen

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You’ve agonized over whether or not they would bring back the original three, you’ve sweated over J.J. Abrams’ potential conflict of interest (“Star Trek” and “Star Wars”? Never the twain should meet), you’ve debated whether there should even be a sequel at all — and now, the wait is over!

The cast of the Star Wars: Episode VII is official: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are all coming back, as previously hinted in various reports. They’ll be joined by Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.

“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 performers come together to bring this world to life, once again,” Abrams said in a statement. “We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”

Fans of Harrison Ford (myself included — Indiana Jones-themed bat mitzvah. No shame.) can do a happy dance. According to Deadline.com’s Mike Fleming, Ford, 71, will have a “gigantic role” in “Episode VII.”


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