Watch The New Star Wars Cast In Action
May 4th is still two days away, but already this week has been a huge one for Star Wars fans. The announcement of the new cast for J.J Abrams' Star Wars: Episode 7 is just about all anyone can talk about at the moment, and rightly so. These people are already on their way to becoming the most scrutinized collection of actors in Hollywood. Some of them are familiar faces already, others are synonymous with their roles in previous Star Wars movies, and some, you may never have even heard of before.
Of course, we already know all about Carrie Fisher, Mark Hammil, Harrison Ford, Peter Mayhew and Anthony Daniels, but what of the new additions to the Star Wars universe?
Daisy Ridley is arguably the biggest question mark among the new cast, and while she hasn't had a great deal of on-screen experience, she's clearly got some serious acting talent. With just a few small TV roles to her name, it's safe to say that Ridley won her position as Episode 7's leading lady based on pure talent and not reputation. Joining Ridley is fellow Brit up-and-comer John Boyega who I think we can all agree looks like he's ready to take on the galaxy in that clip from Joe Cornish's hilarious alien invasion movie, Attack the Block.
A short trip across the Irish sea is where the red-headed Domhnall Gleeson hails from, and one look at his resume tells us the Irishman is no stranger to acting in weird and wonderful environments. Gleeson may be best known to many as Bill Weasley in the Harry Potter movies, but recently he's been dabbling in both time travel and weird dystopian technology in Richard Curtis's 'About Time' and the excellent 2012 reboot of 'Dredd'.
Max Von Sydow may be a name that's tough on the tongue, but it certainly doesn't need any introduction. The Swedish veteran actor has been plying his trade for more than 60 years, starring in everything from Swedish TV movies to big-budget blockbusters like Minority Report and Robin Hood. Sydow's wildly expansive portfolio means that, along with Harrison Ford, he is the man that these young actors will be looking to for inspiration.
Andy Serkis is a man of such rare talent that he has successfully monopolized a whole corner of the acting market. If you want someone for a top notch motion capture performance, Andy Serkis is your man. His turn as Gollum in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies put him on the map, helping the British actor secure a role as the genius ape Caesar in the Planet of the Apes reboots. The Star Wars universe opens up a crazy array of motion capture opportunities for Serkis and this is appointment is definitely the one we're most excited about.
Adam Driver's spot on the new Star Wars cast was one of the first to be leaked, and when it did, it was met with widespread nods of approval. Driver has been breaking up the angst in HBO's 'Girls' for three seasons now, but he's also been making waves on the big screen. Appearances in Lincoln and Frances Ha led to a role in last year's musical masterpiece Inside Llewyn Davis. Looking back through each of Driver's roles reveals that this is an actor with incredible talent. Rumor has it he'll be playing the trilogy's lead villain.
Guatemalan actor Oscar Isaac has also shown himself to be a man of many faces in his relatively short career. In Drive he played the unhinged criminal, Standard, with a performance that was so well executed you didn't know whether to love him or hate him. Isaac's role in Inside Llewyn Davis was his biggest to date, though. As the titular character, Isaac excelled both musically and dramatically and it's clear that this guy is going places.