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April 29, 2014 | 1:08 p.m.

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ casting news generates Twitter excitement

It’s the biggest “Star Wars” news to emerge for some time — on Tuesday morning, filmmaker J.J. Abrams announced the cast for his upcoming space adventure, confirming some of the names that had been the subject of online speculation for some time. 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 appear alongside Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, performance capture expert Andy Serkis and venerable Swedish thespian Max von Sydow. Also in the mix are John Boyega, known for his work in the fan favorite film “Attack the Block,” and newcomer Daisy Ridley. Additionally, the principal actors from Lucas’ original saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker, are set for director J.J. Abrams’ new film, […]
April 29, 2014 | 11:38 a.m.

‘Star Wars: Episode VII': Meet the actors starring in J.J. Abrams saga

J.J Abrams (top center right) at the cast read-through of "Star Wars: Episode VII" at Pinewood Studios with (clockwise from right) Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, producer Bryan Burk, Lucasfilm president and producer Kathleen Kennedy, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Andy Serkis, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Adam Driver and writer Lawrence Kasdan.  (David James)
The rumors can be put to rest. Word finally arrived Tuesday morning confirming precisely which actors will have a role in “Star Wars: Episode VII,” the film that will return George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away to 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 appear alongside Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, performance capture expert Andy Serkis and venerable Swedish thespian Max von Sydow. Also in the mix are John Boyega, known for his work in the fan favorite film “Attack the Block,” and newcomer Daisy Ridley. The principal actors from Lucas’ original saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker, are also set for director J.J. Abrams’ new film. […]
April 29, 2014 | 10:50 a.m.

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ cast revealed: Abrams confirms acting roster

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The speculation is finally at an end — John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow will star in “Star Wars: Episode VII.” The actors join the stars of George Lucas’ original saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker, in director J.J. Abrams’ new film, due in theaters Dec. 18, 2015. 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.” Abrams wrote the screenplay for the film with Lawrence Kasdan, and he will produce with Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy and […]
July 31, 2011 | 7:17 p.m.

‘Attack the Block’ star John Boyega turns a hoodlum into a hero

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The actor takes his character, Moses, from being unsympathetic early in the movie to someone the audience roots for. John Boyega, the star of the new kids-versus-aliens movie “Attack the Block,” didn’t have to look far for inspiration for his character — a hoodlum, thief and recently recruited drug dealer. The big-screen newcomer grew up in South London, not far from where his character, 15-year-old Moses, leads a gang of hard-luck youths flirting with delinquency as they defend their public housing complex against vicious beasties from space. “London is very multicultural; everything’s together,” said the soft-spoken Boyega, whose focus makes him seem older off-screen than his 19 years. “I don’t need to walk five miles or stay with thugs to understand what’s going on. And ideally, I don’t like to name them as thugs, because I don’t know who they […]
July 22, 2011 | 4:36 p.m.

Comic-Con 2011: ‘Attack the Block,’ ‘Underworld: Awakening’

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New alien movie “Attack the Block” and the latest installment in the vampire franchise “Underworld” shared Screen Gems’ Hall H time slot at Comic-Con International on Friday afternoon, bringing Kate Beckinsale, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish to the stage. Joe Cornish, whose screenwriting credits include Steven Spielberg’s upcoming comic-book adaptation “The Adventures of Tintin,” makes his directorial debut with “Attack the Block.” In creating the story for “Attack,” Cornish said he was inspired by movies such as “Gremlins,” “Critters” and Spielberg’s own “E.T.” “I grew up in South London, and I loved ’80s creature features … that take reality like a suburban environment, a world we can recognize, and then fuse it with fantasy,” Cornish said. “I wanted to make a movie like that.” But instead of suburbia, Cornish’s alien invasion takes place in a gritty urban ‘hood.  “Our aliens wish […]
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