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Cast of upcoming 'Star Wars' sequel revealed

It's the return of at least one Jedi for Star Wars fans, as director J.J. Abrams announces the cast for upcoming seventh episode, with stars from the original trilogy joined by a few new faces.

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After months of fan speculation, J.J. Abrams on Tuesday finally lifted the deflector shields protecting the identities of his Star Wars cast members.

Everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud 

Seven newcomers and six stalwarts will star in the seventh installment of the space epic, which is scheduled for release in theatres in December 2015.

Original cast returns ... Actors Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill have been included in the cast for "Star Wars: Episode VII".

Original cast returns ... Actors Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill have been included in the cast for Star Wars: Episode VII. Photo: Getty Images

The newcomers are:

  • John Boyega, a young actor with mostly television on his résumé;
  • Adam Driver, from HBO’s Girls;

  • Oscar Isaac, who had a prominent role in the 2013 Coen brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis;
  • Domhnall Gleeson, an Irish actor recognisable from the last two Harry Potter films;
  • The veteran Swedish actor Max von Sydow;
  • The Lord of the Rings star Andy Serkis;
  • And Daisy Ridley, a largely unknown British actress.

No information was provided about the characters they will play.

The returning veterans are Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Kenny Baker (R2-D2).

The cast of the new Star Wars movies with with director J.J Abrams.

The cast of the new Star Wars movies with with director J.J Abrams. Photo: Star Wars Facebook page

When Disney bought Lucasfilm in late 2012, it acquired the popular and lucrative Star Wars franchise and immediately said it would produce a seventh installment. Abrams was named the director early last year.

“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,” Abrams said in a statement.

The New York Times