|Star Wars Episode VII:
Dark Force Rising
|Directed by||Jon Favreau|
|Produced by||Kathleen Kennedy
|Written by||Charles Harrington
Billy Dee Williams
|Music by||John Williams|
|Edited by||Ben Burtt|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Pictures|
Star Wars Episode VII: Dark Force Rising is an upcoming epic space opera film written by Charles Harrington and Michael Arndt and directed by Jon Favreau. It will be the seventh film released in the Star Wars saga, as the first of a three-part sequel to the original Star Wars trilogy, as well as the first film in the saga to be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures following the company's October 30, 2012 acquisition of Lucasfilm Ltd. from series creator George Lucas.
Set 30 years after the previous film, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, it is the story of the captain and crew of Serenity, a "Firefly-class" spaceship. The captain and first mate are veterans of the Unification War, having fought on the losing side. Their lives of petty crime are interrupted by a psychic passenger who harbors a dangerous secret.
- Garrett Hedlund as Ben Skywalker: A former sergeant on the losing side of the Unification War, he struggles to survive free and independent of the Alliance.
- Summer Glau as Jaina Washburne (née Solo): A former corporal who fought under her cousin Ben in the war, and Wash's wife. She is fiercely loyal to Ben, whom she addresses as "sir".
- Ben Whishaw as Hoban "Wash" Washburne: The pilot of the ship, and Jaina's husband. He often acts as a voice of reason on the ship.
- Olivia Thirlby as Inara Serra: A princess of Caladan who formerly rented one of Serenity shuttles. In one of the Operative's traps, Ben is reunited with Inara at her training house, and the two escape back to Serenity.
- Adam Baldwin as Greelossk: A Trandoshan mercenary skilled with weapons, Gree is often the "main gun" for jobs and is someone who can be depended on in a fight. Gree acts and seems dumb most of the time, but may be smarter than he lets on. As Favreau states several times, he is the one that will ask the questions that no one else wants to.
- Anthony Daniels as See-Threepio: The ship's protocol droid.
- Kenny Baker as Artoo-Detoo: The mechanic, has an intuitive, almost symbiotic, relationship with machines and is, consequently, something of a mechanical wizard.
- Harry Lloyd as Simon Tam: Simon is River's loving older brother who helped rescue her from the Alliance. He and River are taken in by the crew of Serenity. A trauma surgeon before the rescue, he serves as a doctor to the crew. His life is defined by his sister's needs.
- Hailee Steinfeld as River Tam: River is a seventeen-year old psychic genius. She and her brother are taken in by the crew of Serenity after he rescues her from an Alliance Academy where she was subjected to medical experimentation and brainwashing. The Alliance's pursuit of River acts as the film's motive. However, more abstractly the film is the "story of Ben as told by River".
- Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian: A gambler and former smuggler, Lando was once a passenger on Serenity, but now runs the spice mines of Kessel. Ben and the crew look to him for help.
- Chiwetel Ejiofor as The Operative: A ruthless intelligence agent of the Alliance assigned to track down River and Simon. Although Ejiofor was on the top of the casting director's list for the role, the studio wanted someone better known. Favreau, however, was eventually able to cast Ejiofor.
- David Krumholtz as Ziro the Hutt: A Hutt "techno-geek" with good relations with the crew of Serenity, especially Wash, Ziro lives with his "love-bot" wife and monitors incoming signals from around the universe.