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Star Wars: Episode VII cast confirmed with plenty of classic names

New cast includes numerous iconic original trilogy faces

Lucasfilm has released a confirmed cast list for Star Wars: Episode VII, and it turns out Mark Hamill isn't too old to Feel the Force once again.

Let's start with the juicy stuff - the classic faces from the original Star Wars trilogy: Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) will all make a return to the land of the Lightsaber. Which is good news because we'd rather see 62-year-old Luke than a wishy-washy CGI knock-off (see rubber-Arnie in Terminator Salvation).

Some perhaps not-quite-so-famous-faces from the old movies - Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), and Kenny Baker (R2-D2) - will also return to their identity-masking roles looking as young as ever, we expect.


New actors include John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Blue Season), Adam Driver (HBO series 'Girls'), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (Golum, Lord of the Rings), Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2), and Max von Sydow (Minority Report).

"We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII,' said director J.J. Abrams.

"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."

Star Wars: Episode VII, the first main series Star Wars movie since 2005's Star Wars: Episode III and since Lucasfilm's acquisition by Disney, is due to hit the big screen on December 18, 2015.

This will be preceded by the planned 'summer 2015' release of the highly anticipated new Star Wars: Battlefront game, in development at EA's Battlefield studio DICE.

Star Wars all over my face next year, then.


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