Hamill impressed by Star Wars cast

Congleton Guardian: Mark Hamill will reprise his role as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode VII Mark Hamill will reprise his role as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode VII

Mark Hamill has revealed he approves of the new Star Wars cast, after their first table reading.

The 62-year-old will reprise his role as Luke Skywalker in JJ Abrams' instalment of the sci-fi series, alongside returning co-stars Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, as well as newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Domhnall Gleeson and Andy Serkis.

"UK table read - I was knocked out by the diverse and extraordinarily talented new cast members," he tweeted.

"WOW they're good! The saga is in superb hands," he added.

Inside Llewyn Davis stars Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver and Max von Sydow will also have roles in Star Wars: Episode VII.

Harrison (Han Solo), Carrie (Princess Leia), and Mark (Luke) have been confirmed to return to the movie after months of rumours about their casting, with other original stars including Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Kenny Baker (R2-D2).

Director JJ said: "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 due to begin filming in the UK in coming weeks, and will be released in December 2015.

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