Always looking for some news on Star Wars Episode 7, Comic Booked has some great stuff for you today. Breaking news for fans as the official Star Wars website revealed a candid photo of the cast doing a read through of the upcoming seventh installment of the Star Wars saga helmed by writer/director/producer J.J. Abrams.

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From the official post on the Star Wars site:

The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

Director J.J. Abrams says, “We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. 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.”

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.

What are your thoughts on some of these selections?

I, for one, am glad to see that the original cast has joined up for this film. Things would not have been the same with new actors in those cherished roles. The additions of such names as Max von Sydow, who has been in some awesome sci-fi and fantasy movies, and Andy Serkis, who voiced Gollum, King Kong, Cesear in the current incarnations of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Captain Haddock in The Adventures of Tintin, speaks to some interesting ideas of what we can expect. As long as Serkis is not going to be voicing one of Jar Jar’s children.

Other big surprises here are Domhnall Gleeson, the actor who played Bill Weasley in the last two Harry Potter movies, and Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, and John Boyega, all of whom I had to go look up. They have had smaller roles, but nothing as big as this opportunity, and it is always pretty cool to have some lesser known actors and actresses help to shape the Star Wars franchise. Overall, an interesting group of people.

Tell us your thoughts. Will this make or break the franchise? Are you excited to see it?