Hey, have you heard? New ‘Star Wars’ movie

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So the Internets were ablaze yesterday with this announcement, confirmation of what we already knew.

And the picture above got released.

Reaction was mixed:

Cool, another “Star Wars” movie.

Thank god, another “Star Wars” movie that ISN’T a prequel.

Too many white people in that picture.

Too many male people in that picture.

Is Kenny Baker inside that R2 inside that crate?

Here’s the press release:

The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

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.

Director J.J. Abrams says, “We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. 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.”

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.

My reaction? That announcement has commas where it doesn’t need them and has no commas where it does need them.

But I’m glad they’re making another (several, actually) live action movies. “Star Wars” needs new blood, new fans. “The Clone Wars” animated series and, yes, even the prequel movies, reached new fans who weren’t even born when the first movies came out.

So we’ll see what happens in December 2015.


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