Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker are set to return to the fray in JJ Abrams' Star Wars sequel, reportedly set 30 years after the events of the 1983 blockbuster Return of the Jedi.

The film's backers, Disney and Lucasfilm, confirmed today that Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will reprise their starring roles from George Lucas's original movie trilogy.

John Boyega, star of Attack the Block, will appear in Star Wars: Episode VII
John Boyega in Attack the Block Photograph: Allstar/OPTIMUM RELEASING/Sportsphoto Ltd./Allstar

The Star Wars alumni take their places alongside a cast of younger actors, including Attack the Block's John Boyega, About Time's Domhnall Gleeson and Daisy Ridley. The plot also finds room for the veteran Swedish actor Max von Sydow and both Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver, who previously worked together on the Coen brothers' 60s-set folk drama Inside Llewyn Davis.

The announcement brings an end to months of fevered speculation over the casting of Star Wars: Episode VII, with the likes of Zac Efron and Oscar-winning Lupita Nyong'o variously tipped to have roles in the production.

Domhnall Gleeson, who will appear in Star Wars: Episode VII
Domhnall Gleeson, who will appear in Star Wars: Episode VII Photograph: John Phillips/John Phillips/Invision/AP Photograph: John Phillips/John Phillips/Invision/AP

Both actors, however, are conspicuously absent from the official cast photograph, which nonetheless appears to be overseen by a familiar droid. Fans will doubtless be reassured by the news that Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Anthony Daniels (C3PO) and Kenny Baker (R2D2) will also be returning for action.

Portrait of Adam Driver in blue T-shirt
Adam Driver, who has been confirmed as starring in the new Star Wars film. Photograph: Larry Busacca/Getty Images Photograph: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

"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."

Star Wars: Episode VII is set for worldwide release on December 18 2015.

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Oscar Isaac
Oscar Isaac at Cannes in May 2013. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

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• Oscar Isaac
• Max Von Sydow
• John Boyega
• Andy Serkis
• Adam Driver
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