New ‘Star Wars’ installment will reunite old guard

Harrison Ford will lead returning and rising stars, including Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Andy Serkis and Oscar Isaac, for the anticipated new “Star Wars: Episode VII” film.
Harrison Ford will lead returning and rising stars, including Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Andy Serkis and Oscar Isaac, for the anticipated new “Star Wars: Episode VII” film.
Posted April 29, 2014, at 2:41 p.m.
Last modified April 30, 2014, at 4:34 p.m.

The many rumors and mysterious Instagram photos have proved to be true: Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) will reprise their famous roles in the new “Star Wars” movie opening next year.

“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,” director J.J. Abrams said in the announcement on StarWars.com. “We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”

According to the site, which includes a photo of the new cast, the rest of the actors include: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow, along with a handful of other original stars: Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Kenny Baker (R2-D2).

And, yes, that Adam Driver, everyone’s favorite hipster from HBO’s “Girls”: He’s been long-rumored to play the villain in the new movie, though there’s no official word on his role. Few other details are known about the movie, though Disney CEO Bob Iger teased that the film is “set three decades after 1983’s ‘Return of the Jedi.’”

“Star Wars: Episode VII,” the first in the franchise for Disney since the company bought Lucasfilm for about $4 billion in 2012, will be released on Dec. 18, 2015.

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