But this time, the rumors were true: the original Star Wars lineup – including Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford – will reprise their roles in the upcoming Episode VII.
Notoriously secretive director J.J. Abrams has finally revealed the new (and, um, old) cast, a list of names that could cause a serious disturbance in the Force … or at least on Twitter.
"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'll get to the new performers in a sec, because the big news is that Hamill, Fisher and Ford are back, wriggling into their open-necked shirts – if not their gold bikinis – for the first time in more than 30 years. Joining them will be some other familiar faces, including Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Kenny Baker (R2-D2), a lineup solid enough to raise Jabba the Hutt's eyebrows (or the skin fold where his eyebrows would be.)
The new faces (the ones who will have the lightsabers that say "Trainee" on the handle) are John Boyega, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, Andy Serkis and Max von Sydow.
Speculation over the cast has persisted since, oh, the day this flick was announced. The buzz that Luke, Leia and Han would return was louder than the engines on the Millennium Falcon after the three were all spotted in London – where Episode VII will be filmed – over the weekend. "We start shooting in a couple of weeks and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud," Abrams said. After seeing this cast, we already are.
Star Wars: Episode VII lands in theaters in December 2015.