Episode IX begins filming on August 1 *squeal* and the official cast for the film has been announced. So, let me share with you the returning and new cast members set to star in this final installment in the Skywalker saga. Enjoy!
J.J Abrams is set to reprise his role as director of a Star Wars film. He and Chris Terrio (Batman vs. Superman) co-wrote the movie.
Daisy Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose), Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), and Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix.)
There are also some returning veterans as well. Mark Hamill will reprise his role as Luke Skywalker. (Yay!) Anthony Daniels will once again play the role of C-3PO. And Billy Dee Williams is indeed returning to play Lando Calrissian.
The New Cast Members:
Joining this wonderful cast are two new faces who will bring their personalities to the Star Wars universe.
The first new face is Naomie Ackie.
This is exciting because it means there will definitely be another young woman of color to grace a Star Wars movie which is exciting in itself. But who will she play? Will she be a daughter of Lando? A Resistance fighter? Or…a Knight of Ren? Very exciting indeed.
And joining her is Richard E. Grant.
He clearly looks like someone who would be a high ranking officer in the First Order (of course he probably won’t be smiling) but of course he might not be. He may be someone else entirely.
So those are the new cast members.
Now Here’s The Surprise:
Carrie Fisher is, in fact, returning in Episode IX using unseen footage from The Force Awakens. Here is what J.J Abrams had to say about this huge surprise.
“We desperately loved Carrie Fisher,” says Abrams. “Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”
That is beyond exciting news. Does this mean we’ll see Leia for only a limited amount of time in the movie or will they use the footage to ultimately just kill her off? It’ll be very interesting seeing how they manage to incorporate her into Episode IX.
All in all, this is GREAT news for any Star Wars fan and I can’t wait to see how it ties up the entire story of the Skywalker saga.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fabulous day. May the Force be with you.