Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carie Fisher are all back for the new Star Wars. Even Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker are back as C-3PO and R2D2. However there’s a bunch of new characters in the new movie. Some of them are played by actors you know and some are played by total unknowns. Before you see the movie you should know who these guys are.
John Boyega (Finn)
Boyega plays the black stormtrooper that everyone freaked out about for a little while. He looks to be the main character of the new film. Before Star Wars he starred in Attack the Block and appeared in a few episodes of 24: Live Another Day.
Daisy Ridley (Rey)
Ridley plays the other lead alongside Boyega. She hasn’t had much of a career up to this point. Her biggest role seems to be in the British horror film Scrawl.
Adam Driver (Kylo Ren)
Driver plays the main anatagonist of the film, Kylo Ren. Driver is a real up and comer. He’s been in movies such as Lincoln, Frances Ha, Inside Llewyn Davis, and While We’re Young. He’s probably bets known for playing Hannah’s boyfriend in the HBO series Girls.
Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron)
Isaac plays Poe Dameron, the best pilot in the galaxy. Oscar Isaac isn’t a household name quite yet but he will be. You may have seen him in Drive, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Bourne Legacy, A Most Violent Year, or Ex Machina. He’s also the villain, Apocalypse, in the upcoming X-Men movie.
Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata)
Nyong’o plays the pirate Maz Kanata. We don’t know much about her and haven’t even seen her character yet. Nyong’o won an Academy Award for her performance in 12 Years a Slave.
Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke)
Serkis plays Kylo Ren’s master, Supreme Leader Snoke. You don’t usually see Serkis’ face so you prbably wouldn’t recognize him. He is the premier motion capture actor right now though. Serkis was Gollum from the Lord of the Rings and Caesar from the new Planet of the Apes movies. You’ve probably seen his work.
Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux)
Gleeson plays General Hux, a high ranking member of the First Order. Gleeson has been in a number of movies recently including the Harry Potter series, Frank, Ex Machina, and Brooklyn.