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New ‘Star Wars’ cast revealed

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‘‘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’s 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 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 R2-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. Scoring ‘‘Episode VII’’ will be John Williams, who created the original trilogy’s famous themes. (AP)

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