From the unconventional and awe-inspiring to the hilarious and heartwarming, here’s a look at some of the most interesting photos, videos and stories that have our newsroom talking today. What’s capturing your attention, filling your inbox and cluttering your Facebook/Twitter feed? Tweet us the stories you’re talking about using #InstantIndex, or email us at ABC.WorldNews@abc.com, and they could appear on “World News.”
Star Wars Episode VII’ Cast Announced
The new “Star Wars” film, set to be released Dec. 18, 2015, has begun filming and the cast has been announced. According to the franchise website, “Girls” star Adam Driver, John Boyeta, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar nominee Max von Sydow will be part of the highly anticipated movie. Some of the original Star Wars stars are slated to be part of the film, as well. Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker will once again join the franchise.
America Strong: Stranger Raises $35K+ for Exonerated Prisoner
Alex Sutaru, a Wall Street banker, heard the story of Jonathan Fleming, a man exonerated after doing nearly 25 years in a New York prison for a murder he didn’t commit, and decided to act. He created an Indiegogo campaign to help Fleming afford basic amenities, like clothes and food, while he got on his feet. Fleming had been released only three weeks prior and only had $93 in his account when he left jail. Sutaru helped to raise more than $35,000 for him. Since “World News” aired the story, $10,000 more has been raised.
Photographer Captures F-16 Ride Via a Video Selfie
Photographer Blair Bunting took a ride in a F-16 Thunderbird and captured the unique experience with a video selfie. Bunting was allowed to sit in the back seat while U.S. Air Force pilots broke the sound barrier. The wild ride was documented for all to see.