The cast of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is a mix of the new and the familiar, with actors from past films brushing shoulders with a bunch of newbies. With the latest smash-hit chapter in the ‘Star Wars’ saga about to arrive on Blu-ray and DVD, let’s take a moment to run down who’s who, where you’ve seen them before, and what you may not know about them. Then go watch the movie instantly on FandangoNOW.
The Actor: Daisy Ridley
Also Known For: ‘Silent Witness’ (2014), ‘Mr. Selfridge’ (2014)
The Character: Rey, a scavenger living a lonely life on the desert planet of Jakku who finds herself swept into intergalactic conflict… and learns that she’s Force sensitive.
Quote: “I didn’t think there was this much green in the whole galaxy…”
Trivia: She can sing, dance and play the violin.
The Actor: Adam Driver
Also Known For: ‘While We’re Young’ (2015), ‘Girls’ (2012-‘16)
The Character: Kylo Ren, the muscle of the First Order, whose unique hilted light saber strikes fear into the heart of many and whose mask hides a complex, tragic past.
Quote: “Forgive me. I feel it again… the call from light.”
Trivia: A former Marine, he also started his own fight club and learned his craft at Julliard.
The Actors: Brian Herring and Dave Chapman (puppeteers), Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz (voice consultants)
The Character: BB-8, Poe Dameron’s adorable droid partner who manipulates and schemes his way through all kinds of shaky situations to complete his top-secret mission.
Trivia: He is an actual working robot, brought to life entirely through practical special effects.
The Actor: John Boyega
Also Known For: ‘Attack the Block’ (2011)
The Character: Finn, a First Order stormtrooper who has a sudden crisis of conscience and finds himself fighting for his new friends as a member of the Resistance.
Quote: “We’ll figure it out. We’ll use the Force.”
Trivia: Trained as tap dancer as a child before making his debut as a bully on the British television series ‘Being Human.’
The Actor: Oscar Isaac
Also Known For: ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ (2013), ‘Ex Machina’ (2015)
The Character: Poe Dameron, the Resistance’s best pilot whose skills in the cockpit are matched by his ability to become fast friends with anyone.
Quote: “I can fly anything.”
Trivia: Played in a band called Blinking Underdogs.
The Actor: Harrison Ford
Also Known For: ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ (1981), the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy
The Character: Han Solo, the former Rebellion general and legendary smuggler who ran away from his troubles years ago… only to find himself sucked back into a very personal conflict.
Quote: “The Force, the Jedi, all of it. It’s all true.”
Trivia: He worked as a carpenter before he helped other actors read for roles in ‘Star Wars’… and landed a role for himself.
The Actor: Peter Mayhew
Also Known For: The original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy
The Character: Chewbacca, Han Solo’s longtime best friend and copilot, whose loyalty is matched only by his temper and his skill with a blaster.
Trivia: He has written two children’s books – ‘My Favorite Giant’ and ‘Growing Up Giant.’
The Actor: Carrie Fisher
Also Known For: The original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy, ‘When Harry Met Sally’ (1989)
The Character: General Leia Organa, the brave and tireless sister of Luke Skywalker, who commands the Resistance and acts as the first line of defense against the evil First Order.
Quote: “Hope is not lost today. It is found.”
Trivia: Despite having few official credits, she is known as one of the top “script doctors” in Hollywood.
The Actor: Anthony Daniels
Also Known For: The original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy
The Character: C-3PO, the prissy protocol droid who has been a helpful, but profoundly annoying, ally to Leia Organa since the original rebellion.
Quote: “Oh dear friend, you don’t know how happy I am to see you.”
Trivia: He has played C-3PO in dozens of video games and episodes of ‘Star Wars’ television shows.
The Actor: Andy Serkis
Also Known For: The ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ (2014)
The Character: Supreme Leader Snoke, the mysterious figurehead of the First Order who seduced Kylo Ren to the dark side and pulls the strings of his army from parts unknown.
Quote: “There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?”
Trivia: Founded his own motion-capture studio called the Imaginarium Studios.
Plays: Maz Kanata, a pirate
Known for: '12 Years a Slave' (2013)
Quote: "Dear child! The longing you seek is not behind you, it is in front of you."
Trivia: Has a master's degree from the Yale School of Drama.
The Actor: Domhnall Gleeson
Also Known For: ‘Ex Machina’ (2015), ‘The Revenant’ (2015)
The Character: General Hux, a commander in the First Order whose icy demeanor is just one part of his unpleasantness – he’s willing to destroy entire planets for his cause.
Quote: “All remaining systems will bow to the First Order and will remember this as the last day of the Republic!”
Trivia: The son of ‘In Bruges’ and ‘Harry Potter’ actor Brendan Gleeson.
The Actor: Gwendoline Christie
Also Known For: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’ (2015)
The Character: Captain Phasma, the leader of the First Order’s stormtroopers who is instantly recognizable thanks to her shiny chrome armor.
Quote: “Submit your blaster for inspection.”
Trivia: A former model, she is 6’ 3” tall.
The Actor: Max von Sydow
Also Known For: ‘The Exorcist’ (1973), ‘Shutter Island’ (2010)
The Character: Lor San Tekka, an elderly ally to the Resistance who holds a piece of vital information – the whereabouts of the missing Jedi knight Luke Skywalker.
Quote: “This will begin to make things right.”
Trivia: Made 13 films with legendary director Ingmar Bergman and is the only male Swedish actor to be nominated for an Academy Award.