Who is John Boyega? For starters, he appeared in a British film called Attack the Block, which has become something of a cult classic since its’ release.
His performance in a film called Imperial Dreams was a standout at the 2014 Sundance festival. He’s also appearing in Fox’s 24: Live Another Day. Rumors place him in the role of a Jedi Knight, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Update: December 11, 2014… He’s playing a character called Finn, who is a Stormtrooper.
We’ve been patiently waiting for this announcement, and now we have it.
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
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.