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The Force Awakens in Star Wars film

Star Wars film-makers have finally revealed the name of the next film as The Force Awakens, after months of speculation among fans.

The film is the seventh in the science fiction series and has been shooting for a number of months, including in many UK locations.

It is set 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jedi - which was released in 1983 - and features many original cast members including Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford.

The name was revealed on Twitter with a message which read: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens has completed principal photography."

The film has been directed by JJ Abrams, who helped to revive interest in the Star Trek series.

Ford is reviving his role as Han Solo although filming of some of his scenes was delayed after he suffered an on-set injury earlier in the year.

Hamill returns as Luke Skywalker and Fisher will come back as Princess Leia, with other familiar stars of the original series also back including Anthony Daniels (C3PO), Kenny Baker (R2D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca).

A note to the crew of the film which was shared online a few days ago appeared to confirm that some of the footage was shot in the Forest of Dean - after much speculation locally - and the production team was spotted with huge models of X-Wing fighters at Greenham Common in the summer.

The film is due to be released on December 18 2015.

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