’Star Wars: Episode VII’ cast is unveiled at last

By Jake Coyle / The Associated Press

Published Apr 30, 2014 at 12:01AM

NEW YORK — “Star Wars: Episode VII” finally has its stars. May the Force be with them.

After months of carefully guarded secrecy and endless Internet speculation, the cast of the latest incarnation of the space epic was unveiled Tuesday on the official “Star Wars” website by Lucasfilm and the Walt Disney Co.

Starring in J.J. Abrams’ new “Star Wars,” set for a December 2015 release, are: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Max von Sydow, Andy Serkis and Domhnall Gleeson.

The companies declined to name the characters each will play, though Driver, the breakout star of HBO’s “Girls,” is widely expected to be playing the film’s feature villain.

They join returning “Star Wars” veterans Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. Peter Mayhew is also back as Chewbacca, and Kenny Baker will reprise RD-D2.

“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 and co-writer Abrams said in a statement.