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'Star Wars 7' gets a title: 'The Force Awakens'

By Todd Leopold, CNN
updated 2:03 PM EST, Thu November 6, 2014
The cast of "Star Wars: Episode VII" -- or should we say "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," now that the official title has been released -- unites well-known names with some up-and-coming actors. At least one cast member, Daisy Ridley, is so new she has just a few acting credits to her name. You can see her in the back right of this cast photo, wearing a necklace and talking to "Star Wars" veteran Carrie Fisher. Here's who she'll star with. The cast of "Star Wars: Episode VII" -- or should we say "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," now that the official title has been released -- unites well-known names with some up-and-coming actors. At least one cast member, Daisy Ridley, is so new she has just a few acting credits to her name. You can see her in the back right of this cast photo, wearing a necklace and talking to "Star Wars" veteran Carrie Fisher. Here's who she'll star with.
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Pip Andersen and Crystal Clarke
Lupita Nyong'o
Gwendoline Christie
Adam Driver
Oscar Isaac
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Domhnall Gleeson
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • "Star Wars 7" gets a title
  • New film concluded shooting recently
  • New "Star Wars" due for release December 18, 2015

(CNN) -- "Star Wars 7" has a title: "The Force Awakens."

The latest chapter in the sprawling saga concluded principal photography recently, and with that finish came a tweet, posted Thursday morning, with the (presumably official) title.

Of course, the Internet had to have its fun.

As soon as "Star Wars" revealed the name of the newest installment, out came the "rejected 'Star Wars' titles" on Twitter.

These are a few of our favorites -- and yes, that's CNN's Doug Gross chiming in, too:

Behold! The Star Wars VII X-wing

Meanwhile, the cast members recently gathered for a wrap party. Mark Hamill, who had grown a thick beard, was clean-shaven, and Harrison Ford was walking well after suffering a leg injury on set in June.

The new film is due for release December 18, 2015. It's directed by J.J. Abrams and written by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan. The previous film in what was a six-movie series, "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith," was released in 2005.

With Abrams in place, 'Star Wars' fans brace for future

Every film except "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones" has been the No. 1 film of the year at the box office.

On Sunday, Anthony Daniels -- who plays C-3PO -- tweeted that "The Force Awakens" would be even better than "The Empire Strikes Back," often ranked as the best in the series.

CNN's Breeanna Hare contributed to this story.

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