The Star Wars Episode 7 cast will be nearing completion behind closed doors, but fans are still none the wiser as to who will be starring in one of the biggest movies of the past 20 years. Rumors have reached boiling point, though unusually, nobody has given the slightest indication that they've signed on the dotted lines for Jj Abrams new movie.
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We know that the cast will feature both new and old faces, and Irish bookmaker Paddy Power are convinced that Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill will be reprising their roles as Princess Leia, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker.
At odds of 1/25 for Fisher and Ford and 1/20 for Hamill, it's a done deal as far as Paddy Power are convinced.
A spokesperson for the bookmaker said: "The odds are saying the original stars have virtually signed the contracts, though now in their 50's, 60's and 70's let's hope the dark side is not as strong as it used to be."
Far more interesting are the odds on the new faces joining the cast. After a premature tweet from Lena Dunham we know that Adam Driver is probably going to play a Darth Vader-like villain and his odds reflect this at 1/10, though British actor Gary Oldman is offered at the same odds. We know that the Tinker Tailor had held talks with JJ Abrams though we've heard nothing since.
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Elsewhere, man of the moment Benedict Cumberbatch looks likely to join the empire at odds of 1/8 - if you ask us, he's more nailed on Oldman - and original star Billy Dee Williams is at 1/3 to make a return.
So is there any value to be found here?
Well, Paddy Power seem unconvinced that Lupita Nyong'o is a definite for Episode VII, offering short but tentative odds of 2/5 for the Oscar winner to join the cast, while her 12 Years a Slave co-star Chiwetel Ejiofor - who has been linked with the movie for months - is longer at even movie.
Abrams' Star Trek buddy Simon Pegg is 2/1 while Zac Efron - who we also know has held talks over a role - is 3/1.
We're hoping to hear something concrete re: casting pretty soon. The movie goes into production at Pinewood Studios in London in May with a release date set for December 20, 2015.