Finally! J.J. Abrams reveals Star Wars: Episode VII cast

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Apr 29, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT

Lucasfilm is done jerking us around -- for now. The studio and director J.J. Abrams have finally confirmed the cast of the latest Star Wars film. Episode VII will be a nice blend of new and established characters. As expected, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford will reprise their roles as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo, respectively. They'll be joined by several newcomers, such as John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow. Most of these names were mentioned months before as possible contenders, but now we know they're legit. There were rumors that Lupita Nyong'o met with producers about a possible role, but it appears she didn't make the cut. That's the only major disappointment coming out of this. 

Don't worry, though: Abrams hasn't forgotten about the other oldies but goodies. Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker will also return as C-3P0, Chewbacca and R2-D2. 

Abrams says, "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."

What do you think of the cast? Are you ready to join these people in a galaxy far, far away?

(Lucasfilm via Comingsoon)