Until the announcement of the cast of the new Star Wars film, I had never heard of actress Daisy Ridley. One of two new female cast members (the other has yet to be cast), she joins in an unknown role that could potentially be that of Han and Leia’s daughter. This is all speculation at this point, because the entire Expanded Universe has become Star Wars Legends, making it essentially an alternate timeline.
Han Solo, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, Chewbacca and R2-D2 are all returning to the galaxy far, far away, along a new cast of characters. The names of the characters that the new cast are playing in the film have not been officially announced yet.
Harrison Ford – Han Solo
Carrie Fisher – Princess Leia
Mark Hamill – Luke Skywalker
Anthony Daniels – C-3PO
Peter Mayhew – Chewbacca
Kenny Baker – R2-D2
Here’s the announcement from StarWars.com:
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.
Director J.J. Abrams says, “We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”
Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.