LONDON, May 16 (UPI) --
A photo posted on the official Star Wars
Twitter account Friday shows a building at Britain's Pinewood Studios with a giant "VII" on it, confirming production on the science-fiction flick has officially begun.
Directed by J.J. Abrams, the eagerly awaited sequel will feature the stars from the original trilogy -- Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker -- as well as newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow.
The as-yet-untitled movie is set for release Dec. 18, 2015.
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