When Lucasfilm and Disney announced the cast of the new Star Wars film on Tuesday, fans fell into two camps: those celebrating the return of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford, and those furiously Googling the new (young) cast members. Meet the new class of Star Wars stars: John Boyega Best known for Attack the Block, the 2011 film in which a teenage gang defends their south London block from aliens, Boyega is a 22-year-old actor and presumably a lead in the new Star Wars film. He would also be the first black lead in the series (though James Earl Jones deserves that nod for the voice of Darth Vader, he was not credited in the original release of either Episodes IV or V, at his own request, and so by technicality does not make the mark). Daisy Ridley Probably the least known of all the cast members, Ridley has primarily done British TV work (Mr Selfridge, Silent Witness), along with these series of shorts that a young actors’ production company posted online. Adam Driver Rumors that Driver had been cast as a “Darth Vader-like” villain began weeks ago, so the confirmation of his casting is no surprise. The… Read full this story
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