Andy Serkis pretty much confirmed his Episode VII character involves motion capture this weekend. Not the biggest surprise or anything, but there you have it.
Under the cut, Ridley and John Boyega are thrilled with their LEGO selves, Disneyland, birthdays, premieres, major cosmetic contracts… And pancakes.
→ In Brit tabloid reportage, the Daily Star claims that Domhnall Gleeson told model Cara Delevingne that there are plenty of parts left to be cast. Uh-huh.
→ Beardwatch! Andy Serkis talked Episode VII secrecy on Conan. His haircut situation is awfully interesting.
“It’s a wonderful, wonderful cast, really beautiful director, great atmosphere… Star Wars was my childhood, so it’s fantastic,” he said.
The 50-year-old also said security around the script is “very tight”.
He added: “You can’t wander off with it.”
A few days late on this, perhaps, but this has been quite a slog, hasn’t it? In any case, we have our cast – or at least the better part of it.
In short, there are a lot of interesting possibilities here for everyone, and while many of us may have qualms about the gender diversity of the overall group, you certainly can’t say any of them are boring.
Let’s see what we can unpack here.
And yes, of course I’m guessing. Aren’t we all?
How Abrams kept his Episode VII cast secret. A little insider baseball from The Hollywood Reporter.
StarWars.com has announced the official cast for Episode VII. Star Wars alumni Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker will be joined by John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.
And that second new female role? They may still be looking, says The Hollywood Reporter.
We now have photographic proof that Carrie Fisher is in London, thanks to the Daily Mail. Meanwhile, The List is reporting that several cast members met with J.J. Abrams for a top secret ” bonding session” at a London restaurant. In addition to naming expected alumni Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Peter Mayhew (no Hamill? Daniels?) they also namedropped Adam Driver and… Andy Serkis? The Lord of the Rings actor hasn’t figured into any rumors, but stranger things have happened, and he is Hollywood’s #1 mo-cap guy. (Of course, he could also just be there to offer advice… I doubt we’re going to see a Star Wars film in the post-Gollum age that includes exactly zero motion capture.)
In any case, if yesterday’s table read rumors are true, they can’t expect to keep things secret that much longer…