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Return of Mark Hamill: Star Wars: Episode VII full cast announced

The original Star Wars cast will join relative newcomers in bringing the franchise’s seventh film to life.

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Disney and Lucasfilm announced the official Star Wars: Episode VII cast on Tuesday, confirming rumors that Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will be reprising their iconic roles.

Additional returning cast members include Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca and Kenny Baker as R2-D2, no doubt exciting fans everywhere.

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Director J.J. Abrams shared his excitement about working with the actors. “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.”

Actors new to the franchise include John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow.

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Also joining the cast is Andy Serkis. Serkis, who played Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Caesar in the Planet of the Apes franchise, should be right at home with the epic scope of the Star Wars films. No word yet on whether he’ll be turning in another riveting CGI performance for Episode VII.

Fans won’t have to wait too long for the film to hit theaters.

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

Star Wars: Episode VII is set to open worldwide Dec. 18, 2015.

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