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Similar to how you will regularly hear John Ratzenberger's voice in a Pixar movie or find a Stan Lee cameo in a Marvel Comics-based film, writer/director J.J. Abrams isn't a big fan of working on movies or television shows without the inclusion of his friend, actor Greg Grunberg. The duo's shared credits date back to the mid-90s, and they have collaborated on both feature and television projects alike. Naturally, when Abrams signed on to direct Star Wars: Episode VII we assumed that he would be securing a role for his buddy, but only now has that news actually been confirmed.
Via his personal Twitter account, Greg Grunberg has officially announced that he has a part in the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII:
Of course, this message not featuring any details prevents us from really doing any speculation about the part, but also not helping is the fact that Abrams has been known to cast Grunberg in big and small roles alike. The actor was a regular on both Felicity and Alias, but only had bit parts in Abrams' films Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek and Super 8. It's worth noting that the only feature that Abrams directed and Grunberg wasn't featured in was Star Trek Into Darkness - the filmmaker's last move. Perhaps Abrams will make up for the oversight by giving his friend an even bigger role in Star Wars: Episode VII than he otherwise would have.
In joining the cast of the sci-fi blockbuster, Grunberg has become part of an absolutely fantastic ensemble that brings together actors from the original trilogy along with a whole bunch of new faces. Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker will all be back to reprise the legendary roles they originated back in 1977, and the movie will be introducing John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o, Crystal Clarke, Pip Anderson, Christina Chong, Gwendoline Christie, and Max von Sydow to the ever-expanding universe. Production is still going, as filming was delayed when Harrison Ford suffered an on-set injury, but the film is still reportedly on schedule to hit its scheduled December 18, 2015 release date.
It was all the way back in late April that Star Wars: Episode VII first started officially announcing its list of stars , and with the late addition of Grunberg I imagine that the casting process is finally over. All the same, new stories are still flowing in every day, so stay tuned!