Star Wars: The Force Awakens has reportedly cast stars from the Indonesian martial arts film franchise, The Raid.
Actors Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Cecep Arif Rahman, who have appeared in The Raid and its sequel, will reportedly be a part of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars sequel. Each actor is credited as a skilled martial artist or stuntsman, with proficiencies in hand-to-hand combat.
As TwitchFilm reports, the three actors’ roles have yet to be defined, meaning that they could either be heroes, villains, or just stunt doubles. TwitchFilm brings up a good point in their speculation of the trio's roles, however. Since the last three Star Wars prequels were panned for their overuse of CGI action sequences, it’s possible that J.J. Abrams is striving for more authentic, practical action scenes with live actors. But since the reports are still unconfirmed, it’s best to treat them as rumors until further information arrives.
Either way, it seems like these guys would know their way around a lightsaber.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th.