"This is the greatest day of my life" - how the cast of Star Wars 7 reacted on Twitter

Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels joined newcomers Daisy Ridley and John Boyega on Twitter following yesterday's Episode VII casting announcement

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They've had months – some, maybe even years – of remaining tight-lipped ahead of yesterday's announcement, but now the secret's out and the cast of Star Wars are, understandably, pretty excited.

Taking to Twitter following the "big reveal" last night, Episode VII's original and new cast members shared their elation with their followers.

Mark Hamill's tweet revealed a hint of relief after keeping the secret for so long (not that he did such a great job. Let's face it, we all knew.)

And once he'd followed @StarWars on Twitter (it took him that long?), director JJ Abrams also shared the happy news: 

Bless lovely Anthony Daniels (reprising C-3P0) who felt his secretiveness warranted an apology to his Canadian fans... 

British actor and relative unknown John Boyega spoke of feeling "honoured" to join the franchise, before thanking his agent for "everything".

And fellow Star Wars newbie Daisy Ridley – rumoured to be playing Leia and Han Solo's daughter – made her Twitter debut following yesterday's announcement, calling it "the greatest day of my life".

And veteran Swedish actor Max von Sydow went minimalist, before replying to two fans' excited exchange. 

We'll certainly be keeping an eye on these Twitter accounts in the coming months. You never know what might appear as Episode VII begins shooting at Pinewood Studios in May....