Adam Driver

Adam DriverOscar Isaac and Andy Serkis are among the stars joining the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Though casting rumors have been circulating for months about the upcoming prequel from J.J. Abrams, an official cast announcement was made Tuesday on the movie's official website by Disney and Lucasfilm.

Other newcomers to the Star Wars franchise include John Boyega (Attack of the Block), Daisy Ridley (Mr. Selfridge), Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Part 2) and Max von Sydow (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close).

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Original stars returning for the film include Harrison FordCarrie FisherMark HamillAnthony Daniels,Kenny Baker and Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca.

"We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII," Abrams said in a statement. "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."

Disney and Lucasfilm did not reveal who the newcomers are playing, but Driver and Boyega are reportedly playing the film's villain, who will be in the vein of Darth Vader, and the lead, respectively. Episode VII will take place 30 years after Return of the Jedi. (Watch clips from Return of the Jedi here.)

 Star Wars: Episode VII is schedule to hit theaters on Dec. 18, 2015. What do you think of the cast additions?