Star Wars: Episode 7 casting...and a quick update

Yes, I'm a little behind with my reporting here...I got my press release (or at least a hint from Disney) 10 hours ago, but...well, a lot has been going on with me in the past few weeks, but know that in the next 7 or so days I will be publishing a lengthy (surprised?) catch up piece of the year so far with a very candid explanation of where I have been...well...for the last 6 months.

I have hinted at retirement off and on for the past year, but I can assure you that I am going absolutely nowhere.  Get ready, because this is going to be a remarkable 6 months leading up to the end of the year and an even more exciting 2 months leading up to next year's Oscars.

In the meantime, check out this press release you have probably already read multiple times.


Lupita Nyong'o joins the recently announced cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. This year, her breakthrough performance in 12 Years a Slave earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Gwendoline Christie, currently starring in the hit television series Game of Thrones as Brienne of Tarth, has also been cast in the production. She can next be seen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2.

"I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII," says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. "It's thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape."

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.

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.


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