J.J. Abrams; Photo Credit: Helga Esteb/Shutterstock
"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," says director J.J. Abrams.
Disney bought George Lucas' company LucasFilm for $4.05 billion in December 2012 after Lucas announced his retirement (he'll be sticking around as consultant on the new films). The flick is set for a December 18, 2015 worldwide release date, with the screenplay by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan. Abrams will also be producing, along with Kathleen Kennedy and Bryan Burk, while John Williams will be returning at the composer.