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"'Star Wars: Episode VII' is set about 30 years after the events of 'Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi', and will star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces," the company said in a statement.
Indeed, the production has been looking for up-and-coming actors to take the mantle from Luke Skywalker and Han Solo even as the new film is believed to include those familiar faces — namely, Mark Hamill as Luke,
A host of actors have read for a variety of the fresh-faced parts, with Adam Driver,
Other tidbits gleaned recently include the return of R2D2, whom Disney chief Robert
The movie is the first of a trilogy that Disney is planning since it acquired
The terse statement Wednesday offers some clues but not a lot of new insight; it comes after a steady trickle of news (or at least rumor, scuttlebutt and speculation) moving the needle forward (or at least filling fans' Wiki pages.)
"Star Wars: Episode VII" will hit theaters Dec. 18, 2015.
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