Irish star Domhnall Gleeson is one of the 7 new cast members that Disney/Lucas Film have announced as joining J.J. Abrams’ forthcoming Star Wars Episode 7.
Gleeson is joined by a stellar (pun intended) cast that includes Attack the Block‘s John Boyega, British actress Daisy Ridley, Girls star Adam Driver, Inside Llewyn Davis’ Oscar Isaac, legendary actor Max von Sydow, and mo-cap genius Andy Serkis. The 7 join existing cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.
Empire Strikes Back writer Lawrence Kasdan has penned the script, alongside Abrams, with John Williams returning as the composer.
The film is out worldwide on December 18th, 2015.
Here’s the official statement from Lucas Film, via StarWars.com:
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.