Geeking Out: 'Star Wars' team shares first cast developments

By Jeremy Nobile | Staff Writer Published:

Growing up in a room furnished with dioramas of rebel alliance and imperial action figures in imagined manufactured battle scenes, my nerdy beginnings are undeniably rooted in "Star Wars." So, with the rumors flying around of the actors joining the upcoming production of "Star Wars: Episode VII," I can't help but explode in childish fanboy excitement despite my overall lukewarm interest in celebrities and Hollywood in general.

The folks at IGN have added nametags to this image bouncing around the Internet of several actors reading through a J.J. Abrams script. Regardless, it's apparent several original actors including Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher will be reprising their original and legendary 1977 roles, to this fanboy's pleasure. You may notice the group lacks some diversity, being mostly white men, but there is still a long way to come with the casting. Rumors abound as to who might play a variety of significant characters, including the granddaughter of Obi-Wan Kenobi (including even Lupita Nyong'o of "12 Years a Slave"). All we know now is that the time period for the still vague story will undoubtedly take place sometime after "Star Wars: Episode VI -- Return of the Jedi." It's some good, early news for those concerned Disney might butcher the franchise. What are your reactions so far?

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