Tuesday, April 29, 2014
FINALLY Real News! Episode VII Cast Officially Announced!
Today, we finally have some answers. We still have some questions, too, but we certainly have some concrete answers, some good news, and still some speculating to do. For those of you who don't know already, the cast has been announced. The big three are returning. While honestly, after everything that had been said I didn't really think that they wouldn't be back - why bother with all of the non-denial only to months later tell us, oh, sorry, we're not actually going to be in this one? - it is still a huge relief to me to see that it is finally official. I'm a sucker for nostalgia and I don't care how old they are.
Then we have a list of actors that can be found elsewhere, most of whom I've never heard of. I don't think that's a bad thing. After all, the big three were virtual unknowns at the time. I also think it's better to have people we don't (yet) recognize very well so that we can fully be absorbed into the movie, rather than looking at some 25-year old and thinking, gee, remember when I used to see him on that Disney tween show? That would be annoying. The only thing we really need to know at this point is what roles exactly these people are going to have. I'm sure at least a couple are Skywalker/Solo offspring, but it remains to be seen which ones.
But, seriously, this is really happening. We get to see Han and Leia and Luke on screen again. We get to see Han and Leia (presumably - we have no reason to believe otherwise) married. Can you imagine if back in 1983 someone had told you that in 2015 you were finally going to get another Star Wars movie to follow Return of the Jedi? First of all, that would've felt like so far infinitely in the future that we might catch up to them in technology. But really, would you have believed it? Forget the prequels, of course.
Anyway, still plenty more speculating to do, but we finally have some actual news, and we finally are seeing Harrison, Carrie and Mark in the same place at the same time. How crazy is that? My geek side is on overdrive right now. And I cannot wait for this movie.