On /star-wars-episode-8-cast-announced/Tuesday, director J.J. Abrams announced the cast of his upcoming sci-fi sequel Star Wars: Episode VII. And it was probably the biggest news of the year. While we knew that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew were returning to the roles they originated with Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, C3PO and Chewbacca, there were still plenty of surprises to be had. Joining the new cast are John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. And it should be noted that this is Daisy Ridley first feature film role.
The group gathered for a table read earlier in the week, and while we haven't heard any story or character details at all, we now have word from Luke Skywalker himself that the table read went very well.
UK table read- I was knocked out by the diverse & extraordinarily talented new cast members. WOW they're good! The saga is in superb hands.— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) May 1, 2014
This is good news, because as anyone knows, Mark Hamill is a pretty honest man. If the table read had gone a little astray, he would have probably kept his mouth shut. This also gives us hope for more updates from the set as Mark Hamill continues his role as a true Jedi master. While Carrie Fisher has yet to tweet about her new castmates, she does offer a bit of tongue and cheek high praise for the script.
Blame my dog ,Gary, for saying chapter 7 instead episode 7; the film that will change your life, clean your droids & make you breakfast.— Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) April 30, 2014
As for now, the newer cast members are keeping quiet on their twitter feeds.