May the 4th be with them -- filmmakers officially announced the cast for the next "Star Wars" film on April 29, 2014, and it includes newcomers and returning stars alike.
The movie will open in theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.
Keep clicking to see who will star in "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens."
Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), seen here attending the "Ballet 422" premiere during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, is one of the new actors joining the "Star Wars" franchise for "Episode VII."
Driver is best known for his role on the HBO series "Girls," and has also appeared in the films "Lincoln" and "Inside Llewyn Davis."
Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), seen here in a 2013 photo, earned a Golden Globe nomination for playing a '60s folk singer in the Coen Brothers' film, "Inside Llewyn Davis." He's also appeared in "The Bourne Legacy," "Sucker Punch" and "Drive."
At the Star Wars Celebration in April 2015, Isaac described his character as "the best freakin' pilot in the galaxy," who is sent on a mission "by a certain princess."
Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke), seen here attending at WonderCon Anaheim in April 2014, has had roles in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and its sequel, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" as Caesar. He's also played Gollum in all of the "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" films. Other credits include "Sex & Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll," "The Prestige," and "Topsy-Turvy."
Daisy Ridley (Rey) is a British actress who has made appearances on the TV series "Mr. Selfridge," "Silent Witness" and "Youngers."
At Star Wars Celebration in April 2015, Ridley described her character as a self-sufficient scavenger on the desert planet Jakku, who meets Finn (Boyega). "And their adventure begins."
Max von Sydow
Max von Sydow, seen here arriving at the 84th Academy Awards in 2012, has appeared in films like "Minority Report," "The Exorcist," "Shutter Island" and on the TV series "The Tudors."
Though the veteran actor's role has not been confirmed, rumors have swirled that he plays the notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett, who was believed to have died in "Return of the Jedi." The plot thickens...
Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), seen here attending the 51st New York Film Festival, starred in the 2013 film "About Time." He also played Bill Weasley in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Parts 1 and 2" and had other roles in "True Grit" and "Never Let Me Go."
At the 2015 Comic-Con International in San Diego, Gleeson revealed, perhaps inadvertently, that his character was commander of the Starkiller Base - headquarters of the First Order.
John Boyega (Finn), seen here in London on April 8, 2014, starred in the 2011 thriller, "Attack the Block," and appeared in "Half of a Yellow Sun," "Imperial Dreams," "Law & Order: U.K.," and the upcoming "24: Live Another Day."
Lupita Nyong'o (Maz Kanata) is best known for her breakout role in "12 Years a Slave," which earned her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Her other credits include "Non-Stop" and the upcoming "The Jungle Book."
Actress Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma) plays Brienne of Tarth on the HBO drama, "Game of Thrones," and will also be seen in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2."
Crystal Clarke, an American actress studying in Glasgow, Scotland, was announced as part of the "Episode VII" cast on July 6, 2014. She came to the attention of Disney and Lucasfilm following open casting calls in 11 cities in the U.S. and U.K. in 2013.
Clarke, who has both stage and screen experience, will also be seen in the film "The Moon and the Sun," set to be released in 2015.
Like Crystal Clarke, British actor Pip Andersen was found at the open casting calls and announced as part of the "Star Wars: Episode VII" cast on July 6, 2014. Anderson is also a parkour pro who recently displayed his skills in a Spider-Man ad for Sony.
"Star Wars" cast
The primary stars of the original "Star Wars" saga will be returning for "Episode VII," including Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and Harrison Ford (Han Solo).
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in the "Star Wars" films.
After wielding a lightsaber as Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill (seen here at a "Return of the Jedi" screening in May 2013) gained a reputation as a prolific voice actor. He was the voice of the Joker in "Batman: The Animated Series" in the 1990s and also the voice of the Hobgoblin in "Spider-Man: The Animated Series." Recently, he also had a role in the 2012 film "Sushi Girl," starring Brittany Murphy.
Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in the "Star Wars" films.
Carrie Fisher (seen here at the Venice Film Festival in August 2013) has also appeared in films including "When Harry Met Sally," "Hannah and Her Sisters," and - as "Carrie Fisher" - the David Cronenberg film, "Maps to the Stars." She's also appeared on the TV shows "The Big Bang Theory," "Entourage" and "30 Rock."
She's received two Emmy nominations, including for her 2010 documentary, "Wishful Drinking."
Harrison Ford as Han Solo in the "Star Wars" films.
In addition to playing Han Solo, Harrison Ford (seen here attending the Oscars in March 2014) is also known for cracking a whip and sporting a fedora in the Indiana Jones films. He earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination for "Witness," and has also starred in "Blade Runner," "Working Girl," "The Mosquito Coast," "The Fugitive," "Air Force One," "42," and "Ender's Game."
Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) in "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens."
Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) as seen in the "Star Wars" films.
Actor Peter Mayhew, seen here arriving to St. Jude's 30th anniversary screening of "The Empire Strikes Back" in Los Angeles in 2010, played Chewbacca in the "Star Wars" films. The British actor, who stands 7-feet, 3-inches tall, became an American citizen in 2005 and now lives in Texas.
Peter Mayhew in his Chewbacca costume on the set of "The Force Awakens."
R2-D2 and C-3PO
Like Luke, Leia, Han Solo and Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO will be also be returning for "Star Wars: Episode VII," filmmakers said.
British actor Anthony Daniels, seen here during a 2008 press conference in Brussels, is famous for playing the film franchise's protocol droid, C-3PO.
"Star Wars" actor Kenny Baker signs autographs during the opening day of "Star Wars Celabration IV" in Los Angeles May 24, 2007. He'll be returning for "Star Wars: Episode VII," reprising his role as the astromech droid R2-D2.
Davis, who played Wicket the Ewok in "Return of The Jedi", was revealed to be in Episode VII on October 16, 2014.
Actors Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford appear at the Hall H Panel for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" during Comic-Con International 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center, July 10, 2015. This is the first public appearance for Ford since he was injured while crash-landing his World War II-era single-engine plane on a golf course in Venice, Calif., last March
Fisher, Hamill and Ford
From left: Actors Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford at the Hall H Panel for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" during Comic-Con International 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 10, 2015 in San Diego, California.
Hamill and Ford
Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Harrison Ford (Han Solo) appear at "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" presentation during Comic-Con International 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 10, 2015.
The Dark Side
Actors Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson and Gwendoline Christie (representing the Dark Side) appear at the Hall H Panel for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" during Comic-Con International 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 10, 2015 in San Diego, California.
Actors John Boyega and Daisy Ridley at the panel for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" during Comic-Con International 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 10, 2015 in San Diego, California.
Actress Daisy Ridley arrives at the panel for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" during Comic-Con International 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 10, 2015 in San Diego, California.
Actor Oscar Isaac appears at the panel for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" during Comic-Con International 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 10, 2015 in San Diego, California.
Writer-actor Simon Pegg ("Shaun of the Dead," The World's End"), played Scotty in J.J. Abrams' reboot of "Star Trek." He managed to work out a cameo appearance for himself in "The Force Awakens."
Ready For Your Closeup
"Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens" will be released on Dec. 18, 2015.