Casting Closed

Finally. Finally, the cast for Star Wars Episode VII has been announced and the thing actually feels REAL. Honestly, this movie was the last thing in the world I wanted when I heard it was announced...but now the more news I hear about it, the more excited I get!  JJ Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan and now this cast? Crazy nerdy Star Wars fanatic Emily might be making a reappearance in the very distant future, and for that I apologize. But.....is it December 2015 yet?!? To ease my crazy mind until the more news I get, I decided to share my thoughts on the cast and tell you what movies to see if you want to get more acquainted with them.

DOMHNALL GLEESON - Where you've seen him: About Time, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I & II. This is the casting choice I'm probably the most excited about. Gleeson was just fantastically real and solid in About Time. He had such a great earnestness and likeability that I can't wait to see what he'll do in this role. My guess? I'm betting he's Luke's son. Plus hey, any link between Star Wars and Harry Potter I'm okay with!

OSCAR ISAAC - Where you've seen him: Inside Llewyn Davis, Robin Hood. This choice excites me for two reasons. First and foremost, his performance in Inside Llewyn Davis is fantastic. The guy has some range and is a pretty talented, solid choice. But he's also beautiful to look upon. Will he be a brash hero like Han Solo? Maybe even offspring of Han and Leia? Time will tell. Just don't make this beautiful man be a villain.

ADAM DRIVER - Where you've seen him: Girls, Frances Ha, Inside Llewyn Davis, Lincoln. I still feel as though I haven't seen enough of Adam Driver to have much of an opinion on him beyond his physical traits.. I've never watched Girls, but eventually I'll get to Frances Ha. But he was pleasant enough in Inside Llewyn 

MAX VON SYDOW - Where you've seen him: Minority Report, Shutter Island. This guy is boss. I'm really excited about this choice. He is so solid in all of his appearances, no matter the size of the role; duplicitous characters especially he manages to play to perfection. My hope is that he'll be on the dark side of the force.

DAISY RIDLEY - Where you've seen her: Nowhere! Is it just me or is this girl a complete unknown? She must have beaten out quite the competition, so hopefully she's got the chops for this role. She's certainly got the look. I could see her being related to Natalie Portman and Carrie Fisher of her prime, so I'm gonna guess she's Han & Leia's daughter?

JOHN BOYEGA - Where you've seen him: Attack the Block. I have not seen this movie, but I have been assured by fellow film friends that it is good, and he is good in it. I'll edit this post later this week when I've seen it for myself and can confirm that. As for the character.... I'm guessing Daisy's love interest and/or Lando's son?

ANDY SERKIS - Where you've seen him: as a CGI character in the Lord of the Rings series, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and King Kong... and actually as a human in 13 Going on 30 and The Prestige.  What a pleasant surprise this one was. Andy Serkis is an incredible performer and always does amazing work. He's definitely the wild card here. Could his character be villainous? Will it most likely be some sort of CGI creation? (I'm guessing yes.) But on the light side or the dark side is it? Mmmm. (hopefully you read that in a Yoda-esque voice...)


Sarah said...

I think this could actually work. There is a lot of good talent behind it. Here's hoping!

Johanna said...

I hope it's everything you want it to be! At the very least, it's got some talent behind it.