Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm have announced that Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth from HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’) have joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII, in theaters on December 18, 2015.
Today in a special video message from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, director J.J. Abrams announced the creation of ‘Star Wars: Force for Change,’ a brand new Star Wars initiative from Disney and Lucasfilm in collaboration with Bad Robot dedicated to finding creative solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. The first Star Wars: Force for Change campaign will raise funds and awareness for the United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) Innovation Labs and its innovative programs that are benefiting the world’s most vulnerable children.
Via the official StarWars.com website, the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII has been announced. The news comes just ahead of Star Wars Day (May 4) on which most anticipated the news to be revealed.
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.
Earlier today, IMAX and Walt Disney Studios cemented their distribution agreement by announcing that several films beyond Captain America: The Winter Soldier will also debut in IMAX format. Films for the remainder of 2014 include Maleficent (May 30) and Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1).
In 2015, planned releases include Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1), Tomorrowland (May 22) and Star Wars: Episode VII (December 18).
In addition, IMAX recently previewed its exclusive 13″ x 19″ mini poster for Captain America: The Winter Soldier that will be handed out to those that attend the midnight screenings when the film opens. We have included it here in much larger resolution (see left).