“The Force is with them,” Rebecca Ford and Borys Kit report for The Hollywood Reporter. “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 Star Wars: Episode VII, the much-scrutinized re-launch of the George Lucas sci-fi franchise now owned by Disney.”

“The casting announcement caps off months of speculation about who would star as the trio of new leads in the J.J. Abrams-helmed film,” Ford and Kit report. “Abrams, Lucasfilm and Disney have for months kept casting details as secretive as plans for a Death Star.”

MacDailyNews Take: As in: Not very (considering that the Rebel Alliance had the Death Star plans before the thing was fully operational).

“Familiar faces from the original trilogy are expected to appear in the new film, which is slated to hit theaters on Dec. 18, 2015,” Ford and Kit report. “Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are said to be returning, and, as THR exclusively reported, Peter Mayhew will reprise his role as Chewbacca.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Although Lucas’ last three craptaculars nearly obliterated all that came before, now we have a A New Hope. Fingers crossed!

MacDailyNews Note: 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.

StarWars.com, where the official announcement was made is currently being pounded unmercifully and is as unresponsive as Microsoft was to Apple’s iPod, iPhone, and iPad.