John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in "Star Wars: Episode VII."
Lucasfilm made the announcement Tuesday, as casting speculations have run wild for months. Variety was first to report that Driver was in talks for the villain and that Boyega was on the short list for the male lead.
"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," said J.J. Abrams, who is directing the new film. "We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud."
While descriptions of characters were left out of the release, sources confirm to Variety that Driver will play a Darth Vader-like main villain, Isaac's character will have a Han Solo look to him and Boyega will be a Jedi.
It's unclear who Ridley who will play, but sources have always said the children of Solo and Princess Leia would play a part in the film. Ridley could possibly play their daughter.
In a recent earnings called, Disney chief Bob Iger said this latest installment will be set 30 years after 1983â²s "Return of the Jedi" and will feature new and familiar faces.
Abrams and partner Bryan Burk are producing this film through their Bad Robot banner with Kathleen Kennedy exec producing for Lucasfilm. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan did a recent rewrite to the script.
Pic will bow Dec. 18, 2015.
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