Gleeson joins star cast for ‘Star Wars’ sequel

In what must be a childhood dream come true, Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson has been announced as one of the stars that will join with the original Star Wars cast for the latest movie in the blockbuster franchise.

Gleeson joins star cast for ‘Star Wars’ sequel

The cast of Star Wars: Episode VII includes Attack the Block actor John Boyega, Adam Driver from Frances Ha and Girls, and Andy Serkis, who has worked on the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit. Max von Sydow will also join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the blockbuster.

Director JJ Abrams said “it was 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,” said Abrams.

The movie is slated to open worldwide on December 18 next year.

Meanwhile, two Irish actors have been nominated for Tony awards. Cork actress Sarah Green is up for a gong for her role in The Cripple of Inishmaan.

Greene, from Glanmire in Co Cork, has previously starred in Raw, Bachelor’s Walk, and The Guard.

Moone Boy star Chris O’Dowd has been nominated for his theatre debut in the Broadway adaptation of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men, in which he stars alongside James Franco.

Stephen Fry has notched up his first Tony nomination for his Broadway debut in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

The award-winning British star is up for best performance by an actor in a featured role in a play for his portrayal of pompous steward Malvolio in the revival of Shakespeare’s Globe production, which transferred to New York last October. His co-stars, Mark Rylance and Paul Chahidi, are also up for the same award.

Fry made a long-awaited return to the stage after 17 years in Twelfth Night.

The awards, which honour the best of Broadway, will be hosted by Hugh Jackman at New York’s Radio City Music Hall on June 8.

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