At long last, we FINALLY have some concrete information about this movie. The whole internet broke down when the world collectively tried to read the following:
The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.
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.
That is the announcement in its entirety. We don't know a thing about who the newcomers are playing, but at least we know that they took the opportunity to bring in some first-class talent. I'm not familiar with Daisy Ridley, but I know for a fact that Boyega, Driver, and Gleeson are all fantastic up-and-comers. The inclusion of Isaac and Serkis are pleasant last-minute surprises, and Max von Sydow's presence can only be a good thing.
What say the rest of you?
This is truly a madhouse. And I'm the lunatic running it. I've spent three years wondering if I should be proud or ashamed.