New 'Star Wars' film will be called 'The Force Awakens'

New 'Star Wars' film will be called 'The Force Awakens'
Participants wearing Star Wars costumes are seen at the Royal Parc after the Balloon's Day Parade in Brussels September 6, 2014.

The upcoming instalment of the "Star Wars" film franchise has finished shooting and will be called "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Walt Disney Studios said on Thursday.

The film is scheduled to be released in December 2015 and will star Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis, Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac.

"The Force Awakens" is the first of three "Star Wars" instalments Disney said it would make after it bought "Star Wars" production company LucasFilm for US$4.05 billion (U$5.25 billion) in 2012.

The film, in which original "Star Wars" actors Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will reprise their original roles, will be set 30 years after 1983's Episode VI: Return of the Jedi."

"Star Trek" filmmaker J.J. Abrams will direct "The Force Awakens," the seventh film in the space epic series created by George Lucas.

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