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'Star Wars' cast is Mark Hamill-approved

By Breeanna Hare, CNN
May 1, 2014 -- Updated 2205 GMT (0605 HKT)
The cast of "Star Wars: Episode VII" -- or should we say "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," now that the official title has been released -- unites well-known names with some up-and-coming actors. At least one cast member, Daisy Ridley, is so new she has just a few acting credits to her name. You can see her in the back right of this cast photo, wearing a necklace and talking to "Star Wars" veteran Carrie Fisher. Here's who she'll star with. The cast of "Star Wars: Episode VII" -- or should we say "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," now that the official title has been released -- unites well-known names with some up-and-coming actors. At least one cast member, Daisy Ridley, is so new she has just a few acting credits to her name. You can see her in the back right of this cast photo, wearing a necklace and talking to "Star Wars" veteran Carrie Fisher. Here's who she'll star with.
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Meet the cast of 'Star Wars: Episode VII'
John Boyega
Pip Andersen and Crystal Clarke
Lupita Nyong'o
Gwendoline Christie
Adam Driver
Oscar Isaac
Andy Serkis
Domhnall Gleeson
Mark Hamill
Carrie Fisher
Harrison Ford
Anthony Daniels
Kenny Baker
Peter Mayhew
Max von Sydow
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The "Star Wars: Episode VII" cast has a stamp of approval from Mark Hamill
  • The original Luke Skywalker tweeted that the cast is "extraordinarily talented"
  • Hamill is one of the many "Episode VII" actors was recently announced
  • "Star Wars: Episode VII" opens December 18, 2015

(CNN) -- Amid the back-and-forth about the cast of the new "Star Wars" movie, one voice has cut through the fray: Luke Skywalker's.

That's Mark Hamill, for some of you.

The actor tweeted his support of the recently announced "Star Wars: Episode VII" team on Thursday, calling his new and returning castmates a varied and impressive group.

"I was knocked out by the diverse & extraordinarily talented new cast members," Hamill said of a UK table read. "WOW they're good! The saga is in superb hands."

On Tuesday, Disney and Lucasfilm made an official announcement of who's joined "Star Wars: Episode VII," revealing that original "Star Wars" actors will appear in the film along with a number of newcomers. Along with Hamill, "Star Wars" veterans Harrison Ford, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker and Carrie Fisher are all reprising their former roles.

They'll be joined by "Inside Llewyn Davis'" Oscar Isaac, "Attack the Block's" John Boyega, "Girls" actor Adam Driver and newcomer Daisy Ridley, among others.

Character descriptions haven't been offered, but with Hamill's endorsement, perhaps the Force can remain undisturbed.

Although Fisher momentarily confused "Episode VII" with "Chapter VII," she got it right long enough to give her own vote of confidence for the upcoming film. "May the Episode 7 be with you always," she tweeted to her fans April 30.

"Star Wars: Episode VII," which will be directed by J.J. Abrams, arrives December 18, 2015.

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