Chills Down My Spine: Star Wars Cast Revealed!

Every now and then I run across a picture that puts chills down my spine. Old black and white photos of Yankee legends Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, classic western towns, and any photo of Kate Upton (and to be fair this GQ photo shoot of my all-time crush Rachel Green from 2009, and this Princess Leia Rolling Stone shoot from 1980) normally pique my … interest.

Where was I? Oh right. On Tuesday StarWars.com released the most recent photo that heightened the hair on the back of my neck. This picture was released in conjunction with the announcement of the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

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I know, seems silly, seeing a bunch of actors sitting in a circle about to do a first-read of the Star Wars script (I’m sorry did I say “sounds silly”, I mean “SOUNDS AWESOME!”), but something about the photo made me feel like I was part of the group. I mean look how cool and relaxed it seems. Everyone just casually hanging out, talking, knowing they’re about to kickstart something very, very cool. And then there’s Chewy (Peter Mayhew, farthest on the right), analyzing the script. Like he has tough lines or something. “Wave furry hands in the air in disgust and cry out WAARRGGHH!”

Oh, and I know that there are bigger and better things that we should be thinking about instead of this movie, but for some of us that are going through a rough patch in our life, this picture, and this news, allows us to take our mind off of the stressful part of our every day life. So leave me be!

Yes, just the excitement of seeing original cast members like Mayhew and Anthony Daniels, was enough to make me dance around like I was on Endor, and Lando and labia lips Nien Nunb had just torched the second Death Star.

Okay, so it was a bad attempt to be different. The real excitement is seeing Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher in the picture confirming their return to the film franchise.

I wasn’t totally surprised that the announcement was made. If you read my prior post from Friday, you read that I felt, “big news is on the binary sunset horizon and I hope that news brings more optimism.”

Geez, back-to-back Dork Side posts. Sorry Mom for boring you!

Am I optimistic about this casting announcement? Heck to the Yeah I Am!

Adam Driver was already confirmed as the likely villain, throw a black hooded robe on him and I can definitely see a future Sith. Will creepy Max von Sydow be the old wise Sith that shows Driver the way of the Dark Side (thus setting us up for the final two of this trilogy)? Or will he play the Alec Guinness role?

Will Andy Serkis play a Gollum CGI-like role in Episode VII, or will we see him live and on-screen?

Oscar Isaac earned praise for leading the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, he can’t be so bad as Han and Leia’s son. Maybe Domhnall Gleeson, who has a Jedi look to him, and John Boyega, will be future Jedi, though both could fill the Han and Lando smuggler type characters.

As much as there was some bugaboo about only one new woman joining the cast (have no fear, I’m sure there are other actresses – and actors – that will play parts in this film), I think the one I’m most interested in is Daisy Ridley. Not just because she’s obscure, but because I have a feeling this is our hero. Whether it be as Han and Leia’s daughter, or not, Star Wars has always had that strong female character and I just feel our protagonist is going to be a female, and it’s going to be Miss Ridley. Plus, in staying with tradition, George Lucas always hired complete unknowns as his leads (SEE: Hamill and Hayden Christiansen).

Even Luke Skywalker himself is excited about this cast!

I have to second what my Star Wars-loving Pastor had to say, “I’m just excited for some new action figures.” Count me in for a Ridley and Driver 3 3/4-inch figure!

I was a little unsure when the original news broke about Disney taking over Lucasfilm. And I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about the Expanded Universe news. But hiring J.J. Abrams, a self-proclaimed fanboy, having he and Empire Strikes Back writer Lawrence Kasdan (who also penned Oscar nominated screenplays for The Big Chill, The Accidental Tourist and Grand Canyon), and now this mix of old and new cast members makes me giddy!

And I’m excited that my trio of kids will have their own generation of Star Wars heroes and villains to get to know. I hope Ridley is the hero. My daughter loves to occasionally play with the 3-4 variety of Leia figures that I had when I was a kid. Lil’ Levi likes Chewie (and he’ll be back), Lukas is a Han Solo fan and me … I still love me some whiny Luke Skywalker. I can’t wait! Only 596 days, 8 hours and 57 minutes remain until I’m standing in line for the movie!

Just got chills again!

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