Star Wars: Episode VII cast announced

Star Wars: Episode VII cast announced
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A galaxy far, far away is starting to get a little closer.

Studio representatives Tuesday announced who would join Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill in the first installment of the new sequel trilogy to the beloved Star Wars film franchise. According to a release from Lucasfilm/Walt Disney, actors John Boyega ("Attack the Block"), newcomer Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver ("Girls"), Oscar Isaac ("Inside Llewn Davis"), Andy Serkis ("Lord of the Rings" films), Domhnall Gleeson ("About Time") and Max von Sydow ("Minority Report," "The Exorcist") will join the original stars of the saga.

Anthony Daniels ("C3PO"), Peter Mayhew ("Chewbacca"), and Kenny Baker ("R2D2") will also return.

Director J.J. Abrams said, "We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud."

The screenplay was written by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.