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Star Wars is a science fiction media franchise.

It was created by George Lucas and began with the release of the original film (now known as “Episode IV: A New Hope”) in 1977. The film was a huge success and became a cultural phenomenon. It was followed by two sequels “The Empire Strikes Back” in 1980 and “Return of the Jedi” in 1983, as well as numerous merchandise and spin-offs including novels, comic books, television programs and toys. This was followed by the 20th anniversary “Special Edition” re-releases of the original films in 1997 and three prequel films, “Phantom Menace” (1999), “Attack of the Clones” (2002), and “Revenge of the Sith” (2005). In 2012, Disney bought the franchise and announced they will be making a new series of films starting with “The Force Awakens”, which will be released on December 18, 2015.

6 Jul, 2014

Newcomers cast

Casting

pip-crystal-sw-2From an open casting call that was held by Abrams, two new castmembers join the Star Wars: Episode VII project – Crystal Clarke and Pip Andersen. In their official press release, StarWars.com says:

Crystal Clarke is an American actress studying in Glasgow, UK, who has both stage and screen acting experience and is soon to be seen in her first feature,The Moon and the Sun (to be released in 2015). British actor Pip Andersen is a skilled practitioner of parkour, a discipline that involves propelling oneself through any given environment with incredible grace and agility.

No information has surfaced yet about the characters that these two actors will be portraying.

1 Jul, 2014

Plays young Princess Leia

Casting

Lourd is cast in the role of young Princess Leia in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. Though an unknown actress, J.J. Abrams chose to cast her based off her facial similarities to her mother, Carrie Fisher. The role is currently being referred to as a “cameo”.

2 Jun, 2014

Nyong’o & Christie join cast

Casting

Lupita Nyong’o & Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) join the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, commented on the casting choice:

I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII. It’s thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape.

The roles the actresses will play have not yet been announced.

29 Apr, 2014

Star Wars: Episode VII cast announced

Casting

The cast for Star Wars: Episode VII is announced. Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga – Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film. Director J.J. Abrams says

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. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.

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