Well, so much for the speculation, now it's time to make it official. With a table read of J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode 7" happening this week, the cast has been officially revealed. And sorry Zac Efron, no role for you.
Instead, we're looking at a lot of names that the trades have already reported—Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Peter Mayhew, and of course, the returning trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher—and there are some surprises too. Among them is mo-cap specialist Andy Serkis and stone cold veteran badass Max Von Sydow, along with rising actor Domhnall Gleeson and Daisy Ridley, who we've never heard of.
So, what will Disney share with fans on Star Wars Day this weekend? Perhaps the title?
"Star Wars: Episode 7" drops on December 18, 2015. Official press release and cast table-read photo below.
The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.
Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.
Director J.J. 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."
Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.