Oscar Isaac Unforgettable as the folksinger of Inside Llewyn Davis, the 34-year-old Guatemalan-born actor (raised in Miami) played King John in 2010’s Robin Hood and Carey Mulligan’s crook husband in 2011’s Drive.
Andy Serkis The preeminent performance-capture artist working today, he pioneered a fusion of soul and technology as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings films, as Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and as King Kong himself.
Anthony Daniels After working on all six previous films, the 68-year-old again supplies the voice and skinny frame of robotic fussbudget C-3PO, still perfecting those “human-cyborg relations.”
Mark Hamill Hamill went on to voice the Joker in countless animated Batman adventures. At 62, he reprises the role of Luke in Star Wars. It’s the same age that Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan) was when he shot the first movie.
John Boyega This Brit, 22, first kicked galactic ass as a gang leader fighting aliens in 2011’s Attack the Block. He also appears on TV’s 24: Live Another Day and stars in the upcoming Imperial Dreams as an ex-con trying to become a literary sensation.
Domhnall Gleeson Son of Brendan Gleeson, the 30-year-old fiery-haired actor is known for 2013’s romance About Time and for playing Ron’s big brother Bill Weasley in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Adam Driver Sources peg him as taking a walk on the dark side in Episode VII, but the Girls actor, 30, always finds the charm in bad boys. Look for him this fall in This Is Where I Leave You as Tina Fey and Jason Bateman’s manipulative little brother.
Lawrence Kasdan Co-writer of The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and Raiders of the Lost Ark, this Lucasfilm vet is also the director of dramas The Big Chill, Grand Canyon, and The Accidental Tourist.
Kathleen Kennedy The powerhouse producer, with credits including E.T., Jurassic Park, and Seabiscuit, shocked Hollywood by opting to run Lucasfilm in July 2012 to shepherd the new trilogy.
J.J. Abrams A prolific writer and producer of the TV shows Felicity, Alias, and Lost, Abrams is a director who reinvigorates classic franchises, such as Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek, and now George Lucas’ iconic galaxy.
Bryan Burk Producer Burk has been director Abrams’ consigliere since high school; he was a producer on Alias and Lost. Since then he has produced Cloverfield, Mission: Impossible III, the Star Trek reboots, and Super 8.
Harrison Ford Until now, the actor has treated Star Wars the way Indiana Jones treats snakes: with agitated revulsion. In the original trilogy, it was his wry skeptic Han Solo who brought balance to the Force by making the space opera believable.
Carrie Fisher The writer-actress discussed her bipolar disorder and drug history in her one-woman show, Wishful Drinking. She bedeviled producers (and delighted fans) by making no secret of her return as Leia for Episode VII.
Daisy Ridley The big unknown. The 22-year-old actress’ TV credits include small roles on Mr. Selfridge and Silent Witness. Rumors (and her place on the sofa) hint that she’s the child of Han Solo and Leia Organa.
Peter Mayhew The 7-foot-3 actor had a double knee replacement in 2013, and walks with a cane shaped like a lightsaber, but that won’t stop him from reprising everybody’s favorite Millennium Falcon co-pilot, Chewbacca.