Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o and Game Of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie have been recruited to the cast of the new Star Wars film.
Mexican-Kenyan Nyong'o landed her role after praise for her performance in 12 Years A Slave and winning an Academy Award earlier this year.
British actress Christie has stars as Brienne of Tarth in Game Of Thrones and will soon be in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2.
Filming has begun on the new Star Wars movie, which is set to star many of the original stars alongside a set of newcomers.
Fans were informed that cameras had started rolling after a photo was posted by director JJ Abrams' production company Bad Robot on Twitter.
Star Wars: Episode VII is being filmed in Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, continuing the movie series' tradition of working in the UK, despite being the first time Abrams has filmed outside the US.
Original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will work with newcomers Daisy Ridley and John Boyega in the movie set for release in December 2015.
A robotic arm for amputees named after the "Star Wars" character Luke Skywalker, has been approved for production, which could revolutionize the industry worldwide.
The arm can perform multiple, simultaneous movements and has been allowed for sale by the US Food and Drug Administration after extensive testing.
The arm has been allowed to be mass produced after reviewing data, including a US Department of Veterans Affairs study, in which 90 percent of people who used the device were able to perform complex tasks.
These included using keys and locks, feeding themselves, using zippers and brushing and combing hair.
Mark Hamill, who plays Jedi prodigy Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars movies, wrote on Twitter:
There are a number of relatively new faces in the upcoming Star Wars film, including an almost completely unheard-of young British actress.Read the full story ›
The cast of the upcoming Star Wars film has been released, with the original trio of stars among the list of names.
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, who played Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker, will star in the film, along with Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), and Kenny Baker (R2D2).
They will be joined by newcomers Adam Driver, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.
Director J.J. Abrams said the team 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".
Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by himself and Lawrence Kasdan.
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.
R2-D2 is the first confirmed character returning to Star Wars when filming of the next movie begins at Pinewood Studios in May.
Announcing the start of filming, the official Star Wars website said yesterday that the film would "star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces".
It has now emerged that the popular droid will feature in the new film, but there is no word as yet on whether the likes of C-3PO will also feature.
Bob Iger, the chief executive of Disney, which is behind the film, said yesterday that R2-D2 - whose mission to deliver secret blueprints to Obi Wan Kenobi kickstarted the first Star Wars adventure - was the "official cast member" he would announce.
The movie - so far known only as Star Wars: Episode VII - is being directed by JJ Abrams. It is set to be released in December of next year.
Star Wars: Episode VII will begin filming in May at Pinewood Studios in London and is set 30 years after Return of the Jedi, it has been confirmed.
The official Star Wars website also said the film will "star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces."
Star Wars launched its official Instagram account by posting a selfie of Darth Vader.
The image, which is captioned 'another day in the office', shows the character posing with a phone and has gained more more than 27,000 likes in less than 24 hours.
Fans of the sci-fi franchise were encouraged to sign up to the new Instagram account with a tweet which read: "It is useless to resist."
Star Wars fans descended on the US capital in full costume as part of an event organised by the Science Fiction Museum.
Storm troopers, imperial guards and Darth Vader himself mingled with locals and tourists in front of the famous Capitol building.
The event was part of a drive by the Science Fiction Museum to raise funds for a museum building to house science fiction memorabilia, sets, props and costumes.