It includes Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels, and Peter Mayhew, who'll reprise their roles as Han Solo, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, R2-D2, C-3PO, and Chewbacca. And of course John Williams will once again create the trademark musical score.
We've known this was likely for some time (see my blog Nov.2012), and I even wrote that George Lucas let the cat out of the bag and said the original cast was coming back.
Of course, some of the originals nowadays require galatically-designed zimmer frames (!), so there'll also be a new line of young Jedi facing new threats to the galaxy (which is still far, far away...).
The sequel is due in 2015 and will be the first of a new trilogy for the Star Wars franchise. In addition, Disney also announced plans for spinoffs, including Han in a (cue bad pun) solo adventure, as well as a stand-alone anti-hero bounty hunter Boba Fett movie.
The 'big three' - Han, Leia, and Luke - will have supporting roles while the main events focus on the newer cast members, and at least one of those younger actors portrays a child of Han and Leia. So, no more scenes of Luke snogging his sister then...
Oh, and May the 4th be with you!