It was a simple announcement that confirmed only two facts: That principal photography has been completed on Star Wars: Episode VII and that the movie’s subtitle will be The Force Awakens.
But for fans of the biggest movie franchise in history, it was a big deal. These are among the first and only officially confirmed facts released about the much-anticipated movie, which will pick up the story some decades after the events of 1983’s Return of the Jedi.
Due for release Dec. 18, 2015, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is directed by J.J. Abrams, written by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer.
The cast includes John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Chrystal Clarke and Pip Andersen. who all join original series stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker and Warwick Davis.