After a year of rumors and speculation, director J.J. Abrams introduced the cast for Star Wars: Episode VII on Tuesday in dramatic fashion, posting a picture of the actors together for their first reading of the new script. As previously reported, Adam Driver is in, though we still have no idea who he will be playing. The same goes for new additions Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Domhnall Gleeson (About Time), the unknown Daisy Ridley, Max von Sydow (not pictured) and motion-capture genius Andy Serkis.
"We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII," Abrams wrote in a post that was published to starwars.com. "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."
The new cast members were joined by old schoolers Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), and Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), as well as director J.J. Abrams and Empire Strikes Back screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, who was brought in to overhaul the new Star Wars story. Abrams' Bad Robot co-founder Bryan Burk sat in on the reading along with Kathleen Kennedy, who became the president of Lucasfilm after Disney bought the studio in 2012.
Episode VII will hit theaters December 18, 2015. Here's the original picture as it was posted Tuesday.