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A trio of actors from The Raid 2 reportedly join Star Wars Episode VII

01.05.2015

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII - THE FORCE AWAKENS just got a little more practical thanks to the inclusion of some talented martial artists. Despite filming having wrapped, we have now learned that J.J. Abrams hotly anticipated sequel to George Lucas' series has added actors Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman to the roster of talent. If these names don't ring a bell, maybe their amazing fight scenes in THE RAID 2.

Twitch reported on the casting which also included a fourth member of THE RAID 2 cast who remains nameless. Who these actors are playing in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII - THE FORCE AWAKENS is unknown. They could be Jedi, aliens, stormtroopers, or any number of new characters. This definitely reinforces the commitment to practical filming as these guys proved in THE RAID 2 that they can make choreographed fight scenes look more stunning than any CGI creation.

As we get closer, bit by bit, to eventually seeing STAR WARS: EPISODE VII - THE FORCE AWAKENS, we are learning more and more about the film that excites us to see what is coming our way this Christmas. THE RAID 2 made a ton of movie fans happy and director Gareth Evans' name has been touted as someone who should direct a film in the new Disney slate of films. While Evans' involvement is yet to be determined, this is the next best bit of news. Hopefully this is more than just a cameo.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII - THE FORCE AWAKENS hits theaters on December 18, 2015.

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12:02PM on 01/06/2015
It sounds like the producers are trying to make the film more appealing in the Asian markets. (Like what Marvel did with Iron Man 3). I'd be shocked if these guys aren't highlighted in the international trailer to beef up the Chinese box office. Props to JJ, who thought of a win-win scenario by giving the studio what they want, while simultaneously making the film all the more badass. Great news.
It sounds like the producers are trying to make the film more appealing in the Asian markets. (Like what Marvel did with Iron Man 3). I'd be shocked if these guys aren't highlighted in the international trailer to beef up the Chinese box office. Props to JJ, who thought of a win-win scenario by giving the studio what they want, while simultaneously making the film all the more badass. Great news.
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1:54AM on 01/06/2015
I thought filming had wrapped
I thought filming had wrapped
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11:31PM on 01/05/2015

Martial arts fight scene in a STAR WARS movie?

Count me in. Ray Park demonstrated what happens when you hand a light saber to a master martial artist. It's a shame the success went to his head.
Count me in. Ray Park demonstrated what happens when you hand a light saber to a master martial artist. It's a shame the success went to his head.
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6:13PM on 01/05/2015

bounty hunters...

introduced in episode vii, but saved for the spin-off.
introduced in episode vii, but saved for the spin-off.
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5:51PM on 01/05/2015

Holy shit

What happens when your lightsaber's dead and it's a one on one duel between a Sith Lord and a Jedi?
Shit, I soiled my pants.
What happens when your lightsaber's dead and it's a one on one duel between a Sith Lord and a Jedi?
Shit, I soiled my pants.
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4:11PM on 01/05/2015
Hopefully they just kick people's asses.
Hopefully they just kick people's asses.
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4:11PM on 01/05/2015
This should be green damn it
This should be green damn it
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4:01PM on 01/05/2015
Awesome news. Maybe this means that Iko will get the recognition he deserves as an action star. The dude kicks so much ass and is poised to be the best new breakout star since Jeeja Yanin, he just needs a good vehicle to make him popular like Jackie Chan had when he released his first American films.
Awesome news. Maybe this means that Iko will get the recognition he deserves as an action star. The dude kicks so much ass and is poised to be the best new breakout star since Jeeja Yanin, he just needs a good vehicle to make him popular like Jackie Chan had when he released his first American films.
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3:25PM on 01/05/2015
Great news. Hope they get fight scenes worthy of their abilities.
Great news. Hope they get fight scenes worthy of their abilities.
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3:03PM on 01/05/2015
One good thing that came out of Episode 1... when you put lightsabers in the hands of actors with actual martial arts skills, awesome things happen. This news sounds good to me.
One good thing that came out of Episode 1... when you put lightsabers in the hands of actors with actual martial arts skills, awesome things happen. This news sounds good to me.
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