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HindustanTimes Fri,22 Aug 2014

Star Wars: Episode VII cast unveiled

AP  New York, April 30, 2014
First Published: 16:24 IST(30/4/2014) | Last Updated: 16:29 IST(30/4/2014)

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 JJ Abrams' new Star Wars 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.

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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. "We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud."

Disney will release Star Wars: Episode VII, which will be set 30 years after 1983's Return of the Jedi, in December 2015. Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, and immediately put a new Star Wars trilogy into development.

The Episode VII cast is a mix of fresh faces, up-and-comers and established names.

The 22-year-old British actor Boyega is best known for the 2011 science fiction monster movie Attack the Block. Ridley, also a young British actor, is largely unknown. She has appeared in several British TV series, including Mr Selfridge.

Like Driver, Isaac is a recent breakout star, following his acclaimed performance in the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis.

The 30-year-old Irish actor Gleeson has appeared in numerous films, including 2012's Anna Karenina and both parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

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