Star Wars cast announced for Episode VII

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.

The new Star Wars cast at a read-through today
The first roundtable script reading with the cast was held at a top secret location today. Credit: starwars.com

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.

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Cast of new Star Wars film revealed

The cast of the upcoming Star Wars film has been released, with the original trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher among the list of names.