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I didn’t want to post any Star Wars related rumors, until I knew what was happening, then about 24 minutes ago this image, of the entire cast of Star Wars VII floated across my Facebook feed, along with an official statement from Lucas Films. Yes, it’s officially started and I am thrilled with some of the casting choices. A lot of these new comers will be given a once in a lifetime chance to carve their own niche in this beloved fantasy. Now, if J.J. could’ve just remembered to tag these images. Arghhhh!!

The Official Statement (Via. Star Wars.com)

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

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, 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.

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