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‘Big tings a gwaan’ for John Boyega

written by Lee Pinkerton



Star Wars: Episode VII cast announced as young British actors John Boyega and Daisy Ridley among the names to join original cast

star-wars-episode-7-release-date1On April 29th 2014 Starwars.com updated fans on the cast of the highly anticipated next installment of the epic sci-fi franchise.

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film. Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill will all reprise their original roles as Hans Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker respectively.

Director J.J. Abrams said the team are “thrilled” to welcome new actors to the saga.

“We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII” said Abrams. “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.”

attack-the-block-Boyega burst onto the scene in 2011 co-starring in the Joe Cornish-penned urban sci-fi drama Attack the Block and online Being Human spin-off series, Becoming Human.
Since then he was the lead role in BBC TV drama My Murder, enjoyed a supporting role in Nigerian blockbuster Half of a Yellow Sun, and will be appearing  in the upcoming series 24: Live Another Day.
Daisy Ridley’s acting CV is just as colourful with roles on ITV drama Mr Selfridge, BBC’s Silent Witness and popular E4 series Youngers.

It has already been confirmed that Star Wars: Episode VII  is scheduled for release on 18 December 2015 and will be set 30 years after Return of the Jedi.

Not wanting to rain on the parade but KUSH is wondering what happened to Billie Dee Williams’ role of Lando Calrissian?  Can the Star Wars franchise only accommodate one Black actor at a time?


‘What do you mean ‘I’m not invited?’

Lee Pinkerton

Read John Boyega’s Star profile here