‘Star Wars: Episode VII': J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan post ‘video selfie’

May 04, 2014 | 11:32 a.m.
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Actor Harrison Ford, who was cast as Han Solo in the original "Star Wars" trilogy. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

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Two women have joined the cast of "Star Wars: Episode VII": Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, left, and Gwendoline Christie.

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"Inside Llewyn Davis" actor Oscar Isaac has been tapped to join the "Star Wars: Episode VII" cast. Click through to see who else scored a role in the film. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

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Actress Daisy Ridley, relatively new to the acting scene, has also landed a role in the upcoming film "Inbetweeners II." (Matthew Brooks)

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Actor Adam Driver, best known for his work in the HBO comedy "Girls." (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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Actor John Boyega, best known for playing Moses in the sci-fi flick "Attack the Block." (Tim P. Whitby / Getty Images)

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Actor Max von Sydow, who received Academy Award nominations for his work in "Pelle the Conqueror" and "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, who played Bill Weasley in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." (John Phillips / Invision / Associated Press)

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Actor Andy Serkis, best known for motion capture acting for roles such as Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, and Caesar in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)

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Actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original trilogy. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

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Actor Mark Hamill, best known for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy. (Stephanie Cornfield / For the Times)

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Actor Anthony Daniels, best known as C-3PO in the original "Star Wars" trilogy. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

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Actor Kenny Baker, best known for portraying "Star Wars" robot R2-D2, left, and actor Peter Mayhew, best known for portraying Chewbacca in the original trilogy. (Keith Hamshere / Lucasfilm Ltd)

It’s May the Fourth, and “Star Wars: Episode VII” screenwriters J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan have a message for fans.

The duo posted a very brief fan greeting from London — a “video selfie” on Sunday for “Star Wars” day — check it out below.

Perhaps the most interesting element of the clip? Abrams’ suggesting that casting announcements for “Episode VII” could “continue” as production ramps up.

Last week, of course, Abrams finally put to rest the rumors about who would appear in “Episode VII” by announcing the official cast of the film, due to arrive in the multiplex Dec. 18, 2015.

Adam Driver, best known for his role in HBO’s “Girls,” and Oscar Isaac, who won considerable acclaim for his turn in the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis,” will star in the new “Star Wars” movie alongside John Boyega, known for his work in the fan favorite film “Attack the Block,” and newcomer Daisy Ridley. Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, performance capture expert Andy Serkis and venerable Swedish thespian Max von Sydow are set to star.

Additionally, the principal actors from Lucas’ original saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker, will reprise their original roles for Abrams’ film.

In a statement released on StarWars.com, Abrams said, “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.”

But widespread reports have suggested that at least one prominent female role has yet to be cast, which could be what Abrams alludes to in the video message.

Abrams wrote the screenplay for “Episode VII” with Kasdan, and he will produce with Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy and his longtime collaborator Bryan Burk. John Williams will return as the composer.

Abrams was tapped to direct “Star Wars: Episode VII” in January of last year; Kasdan, of course, has a long history with Lucasfilm, as a screenwriter on “Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi.”

Click through the gallery above for a more detailed look at the actors who will appear in “Star Wars: Episode VII.”

– Gina McIntyre

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11 Responses to ‘Star Wars: Episode VII': J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan post ‘video selfie’

  1. eli says:

    Despite the great news about the cast,
    most people still fear that the next Star wars movie will suck: http://opi.cc/87t2OqXb2WijYGi5

  2. Phiiiiiiil says:

    "Abrams’ suggesting that casting announcements for 'Episode VII' could 'continue' as production ramps up."

    OBVIOUSLY. the cast they announced so far aren't gonna be the only fricken people in the movie….

  3. steven says:

    if I have to hear the word "selfie" one more time I am going to vomit

  4. Mac says:

    Oscar Isaac is not an Academy Award nominee, sorry.

    • John says:

      Are you apologizing for bringing up this irrelevant factoid because whether or not he has a little statute, he is a terrific actor and not just another pop idol? His casting his one of the most encouraging elements of this new production.

  5. Wampa Clown says:

    They are keeping Ian McDiarmid's involvement a secret for the moment. For obvious reasons.

  6. Bob Murray says:

    Did you hear the script moto? They are gonna colonize earth because it happened a lon a long time ago in a galaxy far far away… Luke Skywalker rounds up a new high Jedi cabinet and they take on the dinosaurs and stuff. ..

  7. Bob Murray says:

    Did you hear the script installation of: THE colonization of earth since it happened a long time ago in a galaxy far far away Luke Skywalker rounds up a new high Jedi cabinet and they take on the dinosaurs and stuff!

    Regards,

    Glenn

  8. Bob Murray says:

    Some how quai gon and the rest of the crew return but they didn’t have enough room on the ship for jar jar bings. Lol :)

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