Relatively unknown actors have been pooled in; Pip Anderson and Crystal Clarke, will now join the galaxy far far away. Anderson is a parkour expert so one sincerely hopes there will be lots of base jumping off Death Stars and muscly fight scenes that feel more like break dancing. As with Clarke, studying in Glasgow, she has starred in The Moon and the Sun and Woman In Gold, proving that her track record before hand was evocative and good.
What does this mean for the Star Wars universe? It means that conventions are well and truly out. And that is a glorious thing. Not only is Leila no longer a solitary woman in a vast and expansive universe, but there is much more of diverse race. The authenticity is spitting right in the eye of a whitewashed old man Hollywood and it is simply glorious to watch. The confidence here is that, alongside new masters Disney, Abrams will raise the franchise like a beacon of hope. A new hope, right?
During August, there will be a two week delay as Harrison Ford recovers from his injury. December 6th 2015 is still the release date though as Ford hobbles on.