The news was confirmed on the official Star Wars website:
"It has also been confirmed that Star Wars: Episode VII is set about 30 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, and will star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces. No further details on casting or plot are available at this time."
Surely the press release all but confirms the return of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo?
Star Wars: Episode VII will start shooting at Pinewood Studios near London in May and release in theaters on December 18, 2015.