Earlier this week, we speculated that 'Star Wars: Episode 7' could see its release date pushed to 2016 due to the severity of Harrison Ford's on-set injury; once thought to be a broken ankle that would keep him out two months, now confirmed to be a broken leg that might mean upwards of six months of rehab. Disney and Lucasfilm would like to do everything they can to avoid having to move the release date again, and one of the things they're reportedly ready to do is expanding Oscar Isaac's role in the film.
It's happened: they've officially announced the cast of 'Star Wars: Episode 7.' We knew that original trilogy stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher would be returning to the roles that made their careers, but it's the new cast members that have us really excited. It's going to be nice to see Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Leia Organa reunited on the big screen, but it's going to be truly exciting to see what characters director J.J. Abrams will create from scratch.
The new cast members are a fantastic combo of established character actors, on-the-rise stars, living legends and complete unknowns. But, just in case you aren't familiar with them we've assembled a basic primer. Here's what you need to know about each of the new additions to the 'Star Wars' universe!
'Star Wars: Episode 7' has finally announced its cast after a long process that has spanned months of speculation and rumors. The stars of the original trilogy - Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker - have finally been confirmed, and they'll be joined by newcomers to the franchise Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Max von Sydow, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Andy Serkis and Domhnall Gleeson.
With 'Star Wars: Episode 7' scheduled to start shooting in less than three weeks, we're pretty much guaranteed to know who will be cast in the film shortly, and all evidence suggests an announcement will be made some time on or around May 4, 'Star Wars' Day. But even with shooting right around the corner, the latest rumors add 'Inside Llewyn Davis' star Oscar Isaac into the mix and suggest that Harrison Ford has a huge role in the film.
HBO's ‘True Detective’ has neither completed the course of its eight-episode run, nor has that Nic Pizzolato-scripted series even officially attained a season 2 renewal, but recently the internet has been abuzz with #TrueDetectiveSeason2 casting choices, both real and fake. The meme may have run its course, but we decided to take a serious approach to pool Hollywood A-list talent we’d like to see in ‘True Detective’ season 2!
Watch what happens when the screenwriter behind 'Drive' is put in, well, the driver's seat in the 'Two Faces of January' trailer. The film -- which stars Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac, and is screening at the Berlin Film Festival -- debuted the first footage and poster for the directorial debut of Hossein Amini, and you can see them both right here.
If ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ is a film about being chosen for success, Oscar Issac is Hollywood’s latest choice. The young actor has distinguished himself in a wide variety of roles over the past few years, including turns in ‘Nativity Story,’ ‘Robin Hood,’ ‘Sucker Punch’ and ‘Drive’ among many others, but taking the title role in the Coen brothers’ latest film catapults him to a new level of opportunity, offering new challenges, and of course, bigger rewards. And in ‘Inside Llewyn Davis,’ he plays the role to the hilt, utilizing the Coens’ idiosyncratic creativity to create a portrait of a struggling musician that is at once blindingly specific and spectacularly universal.
Isaac sat down with us in Los Angeles to talk about the challenges of the role. In addition to discussing how the Coens complement his performance with a context that enriches the character, he explained what he felt like the film was about, for him, and finally revealed his thought process as he embarks on the next phase of a career that is growing exponentially with each new role he takes on.
From those getting their long-awaited big breaks to newcomers making a splash, this next heap should be closely watched come Oscar time and in the years to come.
The Coen Brothers' latest music-infused film, 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' follows a young folk singer as he submerges himself in the Greenwich Village music scene in the early '60s. The film is revving up for a benefit concert this Sunday, airing on Showtime, to showcase its incredible soundtrack and musical talent, and you can preview what's in store, as the first track from the film has debuted online.