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'Star Wars: Episode VII' cast praised by Mark Hamill: 'The saga is in good hands'

6/17/2014
'Star Wars: Episode VII' cast praised by Mark Hamill: 'The saga is in good hands' © AP / Mark Hamill 'Star Wars: Episode VII' cast praised by Mark Hamill: 'The saga is in good hands'

By Greg Gilman
TheWrap

"Star Wars" fans concerned about the new cast J.J. Abrams announced on Tuesday can breathe a little easier, because Luke Skywalker himself thinks they're all "superb."

Mark Hamill took to Twitter late Wednesday night to praise newcomers Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow after the table read at Pinewood Studios in the United Kingdom.

See photos: 'Star Wars: Episode VII': Meet the Cast

"UK table read- I was knocked out by the diverse & extraordinarily talented new cast members. WOW they're good," Hamill wrote. "The saga is in superb hands."

The first image of the cast members in one room was revealed on Tuesday. The returning talent includes Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, plus Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and Kenny Baker (R2-D2).

The sequel to George Lucas' first two trilogies will take place 30 years after the events of "Return of the Jedi." Driver will play the film's villain, while Isaac and Boyega will play heroes. The latter actor is expected to play a young Jedi.

Disney plans to release "Star Wars: Episode VII" on Dec. 18, 2015.

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