The principle characters of the new Star Wars film has been announced and have all been bought together for a photo. Along with the actors who played Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher),Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Chewbecca (Peter Mayhew) and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels), there is also the next generation of cast members consisting of John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Domhnall Gleeson, Oskar Isaac and Adam Driver. They had been gathered for a read-through at the production studios with the Director (JJ Abrams), Chief Writer (Lawerence Kasdan) and Producer Kathleen Turner. The noticable absentees are Kenny Baker who played R2-D2 and creator George Lucas. However in the photo, the only star Wars prop visible is that of the robot, R2-D2. Its been announced that R2-D2 will feature in the film and Kenny Baker will once again climb inside the robot.
All that has been released is that the film is set thirty-five years after the events of the Return of the Jedi. When the castings began, the description of the female lead was someone who was a survivalist and an orphan. Rumours are going round that the lead female (Daisy Ridley) will be the daughter of the Solo's and not an orphan as we've been led to believe. The story will be unique and will not follow the expanded universe that books and comics have been telling. We'll have to wait and see. The lead male if going by what has been said in the papers so far is John Boyega, who will take on that role given his age, early twenties. Some rumours is that John's character will be the son of Lando Calrissian who does not feature in the photo so probably won't be appearing in the film which is a shame. Adam Driver of 'Girls' fame will take on the role of the Antagonist. All the cast members have experience so was there really any point in doing open auditions?