Star Wars Cast Photo

For months now we have been fed many rumors and speculated over who would be included in the cast of the highly anticipated Star Wars Episode VII. Now we finally have our answer.

The first cast photo (posted above) for the film was released today, which includes both the new cast members, as well as the cast of the original trilogy. The photo also came with a press release detailing who is involved.

The new cast will include: John Boyega (Attack The Block) Andy Serkis, Adam Driver (as speculated), Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Daisy Ridley, and Max von Sydow.

The familiar faces that will be returning to the series are: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.

Find the official press release below.

The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

Director J.J. Abrams says, “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. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. 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.

This is exciting news, even if we don’t know which characters the actors will be portraying. The bookings of John Boyega, Andy Serkis, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, and Domhnall Gleeson are particularly exciting to me, as I’ve been a fan of their work over the past few years and this is going to change the course of their careers forever. Of course, it’s very exciting to hear that Ford, Fisher, Hamill, Daniels, Mayhew and Baker are all returning.

There’s still much more information and plot detail to be shared over the upcoming months, but for now we can celebrate that Abrams has certainly picked one hell of a cast.