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Cast unveiled for J.J. Abrams' 'Star Wars: Episode VII'
The cast for J.J. Abrams uber-anticipated and upcoming Star Wars film – titled Star Wars: Episode VII for now – has been unveiled, led by potential lead John Boyega and Girls star Adam Driver.
Boyega and Driver will act alongside new series cast members Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (Golem from The Lord of the Rings), Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.
Original Star Wars legends Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher will reprise their roles as Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia.
Also reprising their roles will be Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), and Kenny Baker (R2-D2).
Abrams will direct the new film, which will be produced and released by Disney, which purchased the movie franchise from George Lucas for $4 billion in 2012.
"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," the director said (Variety). "We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud."
Driver is expected to play a Darth Vader-like villain in the new film, while Isaac will play a Han Solo-like role and Boyega will be a Jedi.
Variety says Ridley could play the daughter of Solo and Princess Leia.
Episode VII will be set roughly 30 years after Return of the Jedi (Episode VI), which was released into theatres in 1983.