Warwick Davis cast in Star Wars: Episode VII

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 17 October 2014
Warwick Davis

Warwick Davis

Warwick Davis - who appeared in 'Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi' and 'Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace' - has announced he has been cast in 'Star Wars Episode VII'

Warwick Davis has been cast in 'Star Wars Episode VII'.

Director J.J. Abrams has brought in the 44-year-old actor to appear in the hotly-anticipated sequel to join returning actors Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher as well as new faces John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac.

The announcement was made on the official 'Star Wars' YouTube account with Warwick posting a spoof video - titled "Will Warwick Davis Appear in Star Wars Episode VII?" - showing him waiting months by his phone for a call from Abrahams, 'growing' a beard as he waits for an offer.

When he finally gets the call, the actor is heard saying on the line: "Hello Warwick Davis. Yes J.J. hi. Would I like to appear in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'? Let me think about it. Just got to check the diary, yep good. Pinewood, yeah I'll be right there. May the force be with you."

As he hangs up, Warwick shouts out "yes!" in excitement.

His casting has sparked speculation he could reprise his role as Wicket the Ewok, who he played in the final film of the original trilogy 'Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi'.

Warwick - who also portrayed Wicket in two TV spin-off movies 'The Ewok Adventure' and 'Ewoks: The Battle for Endor' - also appeared in prequel 'Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace' playing the character Wald, who was childhood friends with the young Anakin Skywalker.

Shooting on the new film is currently taking place at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, South East England.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • 5 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 2h 16min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
  • Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker
  • UK release: 17 December 2015

From the ashes of the Empire, the villainous First Order rises up to destroy Luke Skywalker (Hamill) – but where is he? Fans can rejoice: Episode VII is sensational and surprisingly emotional, with a finely-crafted script and effects that never overpower the performances. Star Wars is back in a big way.

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