The cast includes franchise newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver,
The cast was announced on the "Star Wars" website.
The "big three" of Ford, Fisher and Hamill had been widely expected to reprise their roles as Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker.
"Episode VII" is the first of a trilogy planned by Disney, which acquired
"Star Wars: Episode VII" will hit theaters Dec. 18, 2015.