Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm have announced the cast of
! Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film. Click the photo above for a bigger version!
Star Wars: Episode VII
Director J.J. Abrams says, “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.”
is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. 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.
Star Wars: Episode VII
Meet the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII!
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A relative newcomer, Boyega is most well known for the 2011 Joe Cornish film "Attack the Block," as well as last year's "Half of a Yellow Sun." He's also slated to appear in the upcoming "24" revival, "24: Live Another Day."
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Another newcomer, Ridley has appeared in such TV series as "Mr Selfridge" and "Silent Witness" and stars in the upcoming horror film, "Scrawl."
Seen most recently in the HBO hit series "Girls," Driver has appeared in a number of films ranging from large Hollywood pictures such as "Lincoln" and "J. Edgar" to smaller movies like "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Frances Ha."
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Isaac was recently nominated for a Golden Globe for his portrayal of the title character in the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis," though his credits also include "Won't Back Down," "Sucker Punch" and "The Bourne Legacy."
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Serkis is most well known for providing the voice and motion capture for Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" films, but he has also appeared in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and "The Adventures of Tintin" as well as the title ape in Peter Jackson's "King Kong."
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Even if the name doesn't ring a bell, Gleeson has appeared in some fan-favorite films including the final entries in the "Harry Potter" series along with 2012's "Dredd" and the 2010 remake of "True Grit." Last year, he starred in "About Time" and can be seen coming up in "Frank," "Calvary," "Unbroken" and "Ex Machina."
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Max von Sydow
Twice nominated for an Academy Award, Max von Sydow has appeared in over a hundred feature films including "The Exorcist," "Conan the Barbarian," "Flash Gordon," "Never Say Never Again," "Dune," and "Minority Report."
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Though not the only cast member that needs no introduction, Ford is no stranger to fan-favorite movies. Beyond "Star Wars," his credits include the Indiana Jones and Jack Ryan films, "Blade Runner," "The Fugitive," "Cowboys and Aliens," and the upcoming "The Expendables 3."
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Princess Leia herself will return for "Star Wars: Episode VII," but star Carrie Fisher has appeared in countless other films and series including "Family Guy," "Jay and SIlent Bob Strike Back," "Smallville," and the "Star Wars"-centric comedy "Fanboys."
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Though "Star Wars" put Hamill on the map, he has since gone on to become a world-renowned voice actor whose credits include "Batman the Animated Series," "Regular Show," "Robot Chicken," "Avatar: The Last Airbender" and "Star Wars: The Clone Wars."
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Daniels is one of the only actors from the original "Star Wars" trilogy to reprise his role in the three prequel films, he has also leant his voice for the character for several animated "Star Wars" projects as well as many of the video games.
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Most well known for playing Chewbacca in the original "Star Wars" trilogy, Mayhew has also appeared as the Wookie in a variety of other places such as the "Late Show with David Letterman," "The Muppet Show," "Glee," as well as the Disney theme park attraction "Star Tours."
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In addition to Daniels, Baker has also reprised his role for all six "Star Wars" films and has also appeared in many other fan favorite films such as "Labyrinth," "Time Bandits," and "Flash Gordon."
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