Director J.J. Abrams cast franchise rookies Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley in major roles
“Star Wars” fans concerned about the new cast J.J. Abrams announced on Tuesday can breathe a little easier, because Luke Skywalker himself thinks they're all “superb.”
Mark Hamill took to Twitter late Wednesday night to praise newcomers Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow after the table read at Pinewood Studios in the United Kingdom.
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“UK table read- I was knocked out by the diverse & extraordinarily talented new cast members. WOW they're good,” Hamill wrote. “The saga is in superb hands.”
The first image of the cast members in one room was revealed on Tuesday. The returning talent includes Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, plus Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and Kenny Baker (R2-D2).
The sequel to George Lucas’ first two trilogies will take place 30 years after the events of “Return of the Jedi.” Driver will play the film's villain, while Isaac and Boyega will play heroes. The latter actor is expected to play a young Jedi.
Disney plans to release “Star Wars: Episode VII” on Dec. 18, 2015.