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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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  • by erroneus ( 253617 ) on Tuesday April 29, 2014 @03:10PM (#46870945) Homepage


  • by EmagGeek ( 574360 ) <(gterich) (at) (> on Tuesday April 29, 2014 @03:11PM (#46870967) Journal

    I am disappointed that they are even making another Star Wars "film."

    • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 29, 2014 @03:15PM (#46870993)
      I just can't get enough of that zany Jar Jar.
    • by geekoid ( 135745 ) <dadinportland&yahoo,com> on Tuesday April 29, 2014 @03:17PM (#46871011) Homepage Journal

      Then this isn't the thread you are looking for, move along.

    • Same here. The movie storyline was fairly compactly wrapped up. More movies feels like a money grab. I was interested in the prequels and seeing the Republic in its former glory, but more SW movies feels like a comic movie sequel where they wheel out another villain.

      • Theoretically, the first three they created told a story from beginning to end too. It's like complaining about LOTR because the Hobbit ended quite thoroughly(books, not movies).

        • The first movie told it all and was tied up in a single bundle and intended to be one movie only. The next two were to capitalize on unexpected success.

          • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 ) *

            The first movie began "Episode IV: A New Hope", implying that at least three prequels were envisioned.

      • I was interested in the prequels and seeing the Republic in its former glory, but more SW movies feels like a comic movie sequel where they wheel out another villain.

        Timothy Zahn's Thrawn trilogy starting with Heir to the Empire [] , the first major post-Return of the Jedi book in the Extended Universe, was "wheeling out another villain". However, it was believable in the context of the overthrow of the Empire, since history has often shown generals refusing to accept the downfall of their employer and figh

        • Well, since so much time has passed since Return of the Jedi, I believe in Episode VII Han Solo will be fighting the Soviets. Seriously, though, you can't have Star Wars without a villain, and Thrawn was a great one.

          More on topic, the Star Wars universe is a rich one with lots of potential, and it seems to me like there should always be a film in the works. I would have no problem if it became like the Bond franchise, with a new movie every few years. Sure, some will be crap, but those don't detract from

      • by sjames ( 1099 )

        These movies were part of the plan before the first one (episode 4 ) even came out.

        I'm sure though that the prospect of great mounds of cash went a long way towards getting buy-in for the new movies.

      • More movies feels like a money grab.

        Jesus H. Christ on a tauntaun - every movie in the series from Empire onwards has been nothing but a money grab. Hell, for that matter Star Wars itself was made for the sole and singular of generating a profit.

    • You aren't "certain" it's going to be a dissapointment before the movie is made. It's not like the first three were made, perfectly, by God himself. Furthermore, if it's terrible and you call it in advance, congratulations! You get to say "I called it!" to all the zero people who care.

      (Pointless cynicism is a pet peeve of mine)
      • Cynicism is never pointless.

      • Its called lowering standards. If you expect bad movies, its easier to actually enjoy them. If you expect great movies, its easy to be disapointed. Most people aren't very good at approaching a given subject with objectivity.

      • by lgw ( 121541 )

        Does Lucas have any creative input for these? Certain disappointment, if that's the case.

        Abrams is a schlocky hack, but you know, these films are supposed to be schlock, so I'm with you in cautious optimism.

        • He is a creative consultant plus Disney has access to all of his old files.

          I actually take this as a good sign. Lucas does the big stuff – like universe building – well. That is what he is going to have input on. I like JJ Abrams is very good at making great stuff that is bright and shinny – the deep stuff less well. Hopefully they will fill in the gap for each other weaknesses.

    • Then don't watch it. You are completely free to watch the original trilogy, in their original versions, on laserdisc, over and over again.

      JJ Abrams did a good job with the new Star Trek movies. The prequel trilogy was ruined by George Lucas. With him out of the picture, I'm cautiously optimistic.

      • by Toshito ( 452851 ) on Tuesday April 29, 2014 @04:35PM (#46871939)

        JJ Abrams did a good job with the new Star Trek movies

        What? Are you high? He fucking ruined it.

        He turned an intelligent show, an universe wich could be used to adress some core questions of humanity and morality, and turned it into boring action films.

        Great if you don't like to think for yourself and just want to be entertained.

        • by Bo'Bob'O ( 95398 )

          I think you're overselling StarTrek a bit. It was a silly action/adventure show with regular goofy fight scenes. It was though, a show that was written by people with an interest in core questions of humanity. On the good episodes that humanity shone through in a way that was novel for television. On the bad.. well, not so much.

          I do agree that the show lost something in it's newest franchise and has become something else that I find isn't for me. Lets not kid ourselves on the source material though.

        • So your saying your idea of intellectualism is star trek? Your not as intellectual as you think you are. The old star trek was hardly intellectual, unless you are 5.
  • WTF slashdot (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Multiple Autoplay ads while unattended and minimized?

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

    Good bye dickheads

  • These are not the actors you are looking for... (Or the story, writers, or director .....)

    You KNOW that after 6 movies of declining quality and a host of spin off cartoons of horrible quality, this can go only one way. I'm already disappointed that they didn't leave the story alone after the first three (i.e. Star Wars, Empire, Return). What can they do now? Invent another alien character like JarJar Binks? PLEASE NOOOOOOooooooo!!!

    • C'mon, they have Gollum in this one. How can they go wrong?
      • Who do think is doing the motion capture for Jar Jar?

      • Opening scenes of Star Wars Episode VII: An older Jar-Jar Binks walks through Mos Eisley and says "Meesa so glad me made it past all that craziness unharmed."

        Out of nowhere, Gollum jumps on top of Jar-Jar and dismembers him shouting "You ruined my Precious!!!"

        The Cantina band stops playing for a bit to watch the spectacle but soon starts up again. Wipe over to the main story after audience applause.

        • You forgot the start of the Title sequence...

          A long time ago, In a galaxy far far away..... (pause)

        • by Rakarra ( 112805 )

          The Cantina band stops playing for a bit to watch the spectacle but soon starts up again. Wipe over to the main story after audience applause.

          I always thought that the Cantina music would be great dubbed over that scene from Return of the King where Frodo and Gollum are fighting over the ring in Mount Doom. Someone has to make that a reality.

      • There should be a scene with him fawning over a light saber and muttering "my precioussss".
    • by rudy_wayne ( 414635 ) on Tuesday April 29, 2014 @03:28PM (#46871131)

      Episode VII is the movie they should have made years ago. Instead, we got the godawful prequels and now all the original cast is a hundred years old and will be lucky to get through filming without needing paramedics standing by at all times.

      • Pretty much this. If the series was going to be milked further, it should have gone forward, not backward*. Oh well, a bunch of people will pay $10-$35 to see it. That's all the people pulling the strings care about

        *(upward, not forward. whirling towards freedom, etc)

        • Oh well, a bunch of people will pay $10-$35 to see it.

          That would not include me. I'm saving my grocery money for The Matrix, part IV.

      • by Rakarra ( 112805 )

        Episode VII is the movie they should have made years ago. Instead, we got the godawful prequels and now all the original cast is a hundred years old and will be lucky to get through filming without needing paramedics standing by at all times.

        Have you watched any Harrison Ford movie in the past 20 years where you thought he did a good job? I haven't.

        I suppose he was passable in Ender's Game.

    • by geekoid ( 135745 )

      Empire and Jedi are both better then than Ep. 4

    • Hey, the cartoons by Genndy Tartakovsky were good.

    • by PRMan ( 959735 )

      You KNOW that after 6 movies of declining quality

      Really? I have them like this:

      1. V. Empire

      2. IV. Star Wars

      3. III. Sith

      4. II. Clones

      5. VI. Jedi

      6. I. Phantom Menace

      Hardly declining quality. And who knows? Maybe these will be awesome... The recent Star Trek movies are certainly better than the old ones.

      • by lgw ( 121541 )

        I liked Jedi the best, myself. If you just squint and pretend the ewoks are wookies, it's really a good film. I found the pacing on Empire plodding, and the whole last act boring whenever Vader wasn't on the screen.

        But then, I also thought Phantom Menace was acceptable - not as good as IV, but not that bad. The plot was a hopeless tangle that made no kind of sense but the individual scenes were entertaining. Not like Clones and Sith which each had the worst direction in any movie ever (yes, each was wor

      • I'm with you on your #1 and #2, but I thought Jedi was better than the episodes that came after the original trilogy. It might be that I didn't see the last three installments in theater but on DVD later. Actually, I only saw Empire and Jedi in theater, so I actually saw the original film after the last two.

        Where I thought the prequels where interesting, and I generally enjoyed them, I found the inconsistencies in the story line way too distracting, not to mention all the new aliens they invented where ev

      • by Rakarra ( 112805 )

        Holy shit, I would NOT have rated any of the prequels higher than Jedi.
        Jedi sadly had a bit too much Ewok, but it has the best-choreographed of the space battles in all the Star Wars movies, Luke's confrontation with Vader and the Emperor was perfection (especially with the use of lighting), and the whole Jabba cold open is great stuff as well.

        There's some shoddy writing in Jedi, but the acting is actually good enough to pull it off. I can't say the same of the acting in any of the prequel movies.

      • I agree with your ranking completely.
        Put Jedi and PM on the bottom, ESB and Ep 4 on the top.
  • The moves, announced by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, are the most severe sanctions the league has ever levied against a Franchise owner.

  • by geminidomino ( 614729 ) on Tuesday April 29, 2014 @03:26PM (#46871105) Journal

    The most heart-wrenching part of the polygon article was finding out that Amy Hennig was going to be working on a new Star Wars game, but it'll be published by those bastards at EA.

    After her work on LOK, I would have loved to see what came of that...

    • Well these days it seems like EA is buying all the best developers
      • by Torp ( 199297 )

        EA is buying all the best developers and turning them into a steaming pile of shit.
        See Bioware and Popcap.

  • To 'Star Wars Sequels'.

  • by gman003 ( 1693318 ) on Tuesday April 29, 2014 @03:29PM (#46871135)

    Most fandoms would be furious at literally the entire storyline beyond six films being tossed aside, and new sequels commissioned using only a handful of the original actors and one original writer.

    *Most* fandoms didn't have to go through the prequel trilogy and a series of bad retconny rereleases being made by the original creator himself.

    Add the fact that the SWEU is remarkably uneven in quality - while some parts are downright brilliant, there's wide swaths of crap that were still canon because the movies didn't contradict it - and I can completely understand why the general fan reaction to this is "cautious optimism" or "reserved pessimism" rather than nerd rage (there's *some* nerd rage, but not much). My own response is "interested apathy" - it might be good, but I really just can't force myself to care anymore, not the way I used to.

  • looking forward to Andy Serkis' mocap performance of Jar Jar's light saber seppuku.

  • by danbert8 ( 1024253 ) on Tuesday April 29, 2014 @03:31PM (#46871151)

    He already tried turning Star Trek into Star Wars, now they are giving him that franchise to ruin too... Star Wars, now with 5000% more lens flare!

    • Actually, when I originally saw the new Star Trek, I thought that it was a fun movie that wasn't Star-Trek-y enough. I remember saying at the time that I wished Abrams had done a reboot of Star Wars instead, since his style of action/adventure, mystical explanations, and lens flare would be better suited to that franchise.

      Say what you will, but I think lens flares will feel right at home in the Star Wars universe. And at least Abrams wouldn't have introduced the midi-chlorians. He might introduce a bunc

  • by tekrat ( 242117 ) on Tuesday April 29, 2014 @03:33PM (#46871181) Homepage Journal

    A long time ago in a galaxy... (unreadable due to lens flare)
    STAR (unreadable due to lens flare) ....
    Princess Leia (unreadable due to lens flare)....

    Spaceship... (unwatchable due to lens flare)
    Monster/special effects, jiggly camerawork. Things happen in film for no logical reason and plot holes you could fly the death star through....

    This *is* a JJ Abhrams movie after all....

    • by geekoid ( 135745 )

      In the second ST movie* he toned it down a lot. I hope that he keeps that trend. There is a place for them, the bridge of a ship is not it.

      *Great sci-fi movie, horrid ST movie.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Han shooting first means there was a shot fired second. There wasn't. Therefore Han didn't shoot first, he just shot.

  • by geekoid ( 135745 ) <dadinportland&yahoo,com> on Tuesday April 29, 2014 @03:36PM (#46871209) Homepage Journal

    Thank god they got Kenny Baker. I would hate to see someone else we can't see inside a metal can that makes beeping noises.

    I wonder if they got the same key grip?

    • by rossdee ( 243626 )

      You'd think that by now they could make a real R2 robot, and not have to have a person inside.

  • With Ford's last two movies, a cardboard cutout of him in his 40's would have done a better job than he did. His performance in Ender's Game was horrendous (don;t blame the script Asa Butterfield and Viola Davis did great with what they were given.) Hopefully Harrison Ford's reprisal will be Han Solo sitting in a Laser-Rocker in the old folks asteroid telling stories of who shot first to you bantha fodderlings.
  • First off, in most of canon, books are rarely considered canon. (ie: Star Trek, etc) there are a few exceptions, like Babylon 5 where JMS took an active hand in things.

    But frankly, I am so so so thankful that they are NOT doing the whole Skywalker Twins, Thrawn, etc. I never liked where those stories went. And so while you may be disappointed. I am sighing a huge sigh of relief.

    And retcon, was the silly stuff they did in the prequels. I think JJ Abrams will be a bit more mindful. That said, I kind of wo

    • by PRMan ( 959735 )

      Lucasfilm actually had a person whose ENTIRE job was maintaining canon through all the properties for over 20 years. MANY novel and comic ideas were turned down because she said no.

      It's really too bad Lucas himself didn't have to listen to her. With those constraints, we might have had a better movie (Boba Fett is just yet another Stormtrooper... Um, OK I guess...(disappointment...))

  • by portwojc ( 201398 ) on Tuesday April 29, 2014 @04:04PM (#46871517) Homepage

    If there is one thing Disney is good at it's their ability to take someone else's work and run with it.

  • ... to the idea of a star wars film beginning without John Williams conducting the LSO, playing the 20th Century Fox opening them that then leads into the main title.
  • by Cabriel ( 803429 ) on Tuesday April 29, 2014 @04:18PM (#46871689)

    You know how you can retain your good memories of Star Wars? Don't watch the movies. As for the rest of us who never read the books and thought the original movies were a range of merely okay to pretty dismal, let us watch these new movies in equally okay to dismal peace.

  • by BenSchuarmer ( 922752 ) on Tuesday April 29, 2014 @04:37PM (#46871965)
    I thought he had to be in everything these days
    • I thought he had to be in everything these days

      He'll be in the second movie, playing a previously seen well known character. They'll tell everyone repeatedly he isn't playing that character, only to have an underwhelming scene in the movie where he reveals his true identity as said character.

      My money is on him playing Palpatine.

  • by SEE ( 7681 ) on Tuesday April 29, 2014 @05:13PM (#46872449) Homepage

    The EU has always been subject to being tossed out for the films. I mean, I still have a copy of the 1994 "A Guide to the Star Wars Universe". On pages xviii-xx, it has a timeline that establishes the following:

    1) C-3PO is 57 years older than Anakin Skywalker.
    2) Obi-Wan Kenobi is only five years older than Anakin Skywalker.
    3) The Clone Wars ended 17 years before Anakin became Darth Vader and Palpatine became Emperor.
    4) Anakin was in his mid-thirties when he fathered Luke & Leia.

    How could anybody have anything like a reasonable expectation that things would be different this time?

  • by Galaga88 ( 148206 ) on Tuesday April 29, 2014 @05:22PM (#46872567)

    C'mon people - they have Ming the MFing Merciless in this. In a just world, Brian Blessed would have a place in this movie.

    "OLD BEN'S ALIVE!?" "Wookiees, DIIIIVE!"

    Aping Flash Gordon for a Star Wars sequel is one of the less grievous mistakes they could make.

  • 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.
  • by quantaman ( 517394 ) on Tuesday April 29, 2014 @05:42PM (#46872783)

    At the neighbourhood kids running around on his lawn.

  • by quantaman ( 517394 ) on Wednesday April 30, 2014 @01:34AM (#46875665)

    Am I the only one who finds a lot of the big action CGI stuff really boring? I mean a lot of the Marvel stuff has been good, Gravity was amazing, and there's other stuff that really makes good use of special effects. But it seems like there's a lot of movies that seem to live on long drawn out action sequences, 300, the new Star Trek films, the Star Wars prequels, the Hobbit. I just end up disinterested because I don't actually care about the characters.

    I maintain that it isn't the ignorance of youth, the original Star Wars is good, maybe it was the melodrama or the simple story but I actually did care about the characters, that's why those simple action sequences are still riveting. I don't see a basic difference between the new Star Trek and the old new old Star Wars, sure the Star Wars had some cringe-worthy writing but a lot of good things do as well, the problem was they used spectacle to distract from the fact the story and characters weren't that interesting. They need less spectacle and bigger story, I'm just not sure Abrams is the one to save the franchise.

"Conversion, fastidious Goddess, loves blood better than brick, and feasts most subtly on the human will." -- Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway"