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Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Officially Announced 325

eldavojohn writes: "Word was leaking this week of some familiar faces in London hanging out together. Finally today an official cast listing for Star Wars Episode VII was handed down from on high to us mere mortals (Google Cache and Onion AV recap available). From the short release, '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.' Let's not bicker and argue about who shot first but instead come to an agreement on expected levels of almost certain disappointment. No, this will not feature the Expanded Universe (EU) — you can now refer to those tales as 'Legends' which are not part of Star Wars canon. Instead prepare yourself for what will likely be the mother of all retcon films."
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Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Officially Announced

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  • WTF slashdot (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 29, 2014 @03:16PM (#46871001)

    Multiple Autoplay ads while unattended and minimized?

    I come back into office and my computer is yacking away.

    Good bye dickheads

  • True (Score:5, Interesting)

    by probain ( 206453 ) on Tuesday April 29, 2014 @03:49PM (#46871339)

    Maybe it was just me who was hoping that it wasn't a thing of the past.

  • by traces8 ( 1078667 ) on Tuesday April 29, 2014 @05:30PM (#46872659)
    The original movies have always been kids movies. For us old timers we were teens or less when we saw them and loved them for the action, adventures, swashbuckling laser space fights. As we grew older our glass became rosier and rosier. We then started making Jedi a religion on the census and other squirrel crap nutty stuff like that. The prequels came out and we hated them because they "ruined" our star wars. We all failed to notice that our kids loved them though. Try getting your 6-8 year old to sit through star wars then pop in Phantom Menace and see how long they sit. Star Wars movies were always made for kids to love, we just stopped being kids. Go back and watch other shows that we loved. All out young nerd loves were just that. Let me know how well the original Transformers or GI Joe cartoon holds up. Go find the high school head cheerleader while your at it. She may have a little grey in her hair too.
  • Re:so? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Kelbear ( 870538 ) on Tuesday April 29, 2014 @05:38PM (#46872741)

    Oh, and why do you want to prevent Jedis from having kids when using the Force is apparently an inherited trait?

    I saw an interesting fantheory on this subject. To summarize, his theory was that the secret origin of the Jedi order is that force sensitives were growing in number across the galaxy due to the force sensitivity being a heritable trait. The power of the force easily lent itself to megalomaniacal personality development (essentially random people discovering themselves to be akin to gods among men). In order to resolve this growing issue. The Jedi Order was formed as a means of controlling the growth of the force sensitive population, by indoctrinating them with celibacy to cut down on the volume and potency of Force Sensitives in the galaxy, and avoid a need for mass genocide from the fearful majority of non-force sensitives, as well as avoiding too many power-mad force users. Over time, the overarching reason for the formation of the Jedi Order was lost over time, and all that they remember is the specific teachings of celibacy and self-discipline. Force users who simply embraced the gift of the force and welcomed the power it brought were labeled as the enemies of the Jedi Order, and called "Sith" by the Jedi.

  • by HeckRuler ( 1369601 ) on Tuesday April 29, 2014 @06:09PM (#46873011)

    "Star Trek 6, the undiscovered country" is a metaphor for the end of the cold war. Klingon have always been a Russian equivalent of a scary foreigner that we're not quite really at war with. By movie #6, the cold war was over and the movie's plot was centered around old war mongers that feared change and would commit to war just for their own desires. What do we do with our old war machines? Between the heavy topic and the Shakespeare quotes, #6 is one of the more intellectual movies of the set.

    The whales are in "Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home", which had a more lighthearted approach and the moral was that we shouldn't genocide species on Earth as they may be important some day. In this case, it's because a vastly powerful alien race made first contact with whales before human were around and their efforts to re-establish contact with the now extinct species was destructive to the surface.

    I hear what you're saying, but I like my sci-fi like I like my eggs. HARD. []

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