‘Star Wars: Episode VII’: Warwick Davis cast in J.J. Abrams film

Oct. 16, 2014 | 3:25 p.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)

Another “Star Wars” veteran has signed on for a role in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming “Episode VII.”

Actor Warwick Davis, who played Ewok Wicket in “Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi,” confirmed Thursday that he had been cast in the new film, currently in production in England.

The news came courtesy of a humorous video posted on the official “Star Wars” You Tube channel.

Watch it below.

Warwick Davis as Wicket (Lucasfilm)“Star Wars: Episode VII” takes place 30 years after the events of “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi,” with original stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker joining Davis as part of the ensemble cast.

READ: Warwick Davis talks ‘Harry Potter’

Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega and newcomer Daisy Ridley, in addition to Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, performance capture expert Andy Serkis and venerable Swedish thespian Max von Sydow, will also star in “Episode VII,” as will Lupita Nyong’o, who earned an Oscar for supporting actress earlier this year for her heart-wrenching turn in “12 Years a Slave,” and Gwendoline Christie, who plays the towering fighter Brienne of Tarth on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

American actress Crystal Clarke and British actor Pip Andersen also will have unspecified roles in the movie, set for release Dec. 18, 2015.

Davis has an extensive background in sci-fi and fantasy films — he played the goblin Griphook and charms Professor Filius Flitwick in the “Harry Potter” films, in addition to appearing in “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” and “Willow,” among many other projects.

In a 2010 interview with Hero Complex, he said appearing in fantastic cinema allows him to keep his inner child fully engaged.

“As an actor, especially working in sci-fi/fantasy films, you have to be able to tap into that childlike quality again and be able to picture the dragon that’s standing in front of you, even though it won’t be until you sit down and watch it in the cinema,” he said. “You have to be in touch with the child that’s within you and use your imagination. Kids do that all the time. They’re always imagining things.”

Click through the image gallery above for a detailed look at the cast of “Star Wars: Episode VII.”

— Gina McIntyre |  @LATHeroComplex

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  1. abdallasyam87 says:

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