Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Star Wars: Cast Announced

Looks like the cast, at least the major roles, have been announced for the next Star Wars Movie. In addition to the original cast members that are returning (Han, Luke, Leia, Chewie, R2 and 3P0) they've cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis and Domhnall Gleeson. I like that they aren't just casting a bunch of pretty faces to appeal to a younger, teen audience. These actors look like real people and that's what, I feel, has always been a staple for Star Wars (at least the original trilogy). Star Trek was always the overly polished, sterile environment where everything was way too clean while Star Wars seemed more dirty and lived in.

The nicest surprise was the addition of Max Von Sydow. I'm hoping they don't continue the "tradition" of the prequels by making the older, veteran actor as a Sith lord (i.e. Christopher Lee and Ian McDiarmid). Ok, in all honesty, I'm hoping they move away from the whole Jedi vs. Sith thing. The prequels kinda did that to death and not very well, so we could use something new. Unfortunately, with the return of Mark Hamill, I have a feeling it will be Jedi-centric...again. 

If so, can Andy Serkis play Gollum as a wasted Sith or an ape jedi of some sort?

On a side note, I still think Max Von Sydow would have been a great Dumbledore.

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