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Just how under wraps has the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII been kept? Well, the latest addition to the massive Star Wars franchise is set to be released next December, and so far the only character officially announced for the film is the famous android R2-D2. But when weeks turn into months of anticipation and waiting ever-so impatiently for news, fans are slowly given the information we’ve been craving since plans for the film were first revealed.
The latest comes from Bob Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Company, who shared a couple tidbits of Episode VII info earlier today at Disney’s annual shareholders meeting in Portland, OR.
Iger revealed that Episode VII will begin principal photography in London, starting in May, and also that the film will take place 30 years after the events of 1983’s Return of the Jedi (since deemed Episode VI).
As we already knew, J.J. Abrams will direct the sequel, co-writing alongside Lawrence Kasdan. Here’s what Iger had to say, according to Deadline:
“It’s really in the process so there isn’t much I can share with you,” Iger said today, adding that there will be “familiar faces including a trio of young leads”
Recently the “young leads” were revealed to be a shortlist which includes Jesse Plemons from Breaking Bad, Ed Speelers from Downton Abbey, Attack the Block star John Boyega, as well as theater actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher. HBO’s Girls star Adam Driver was confirmed to be in talks to play the lead villain in the film, though no further info on that has been announced either.
As for the “familiar faces”, we can only expect the returning cast to include Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. Who knows? Maybe even Billy Dee Williams is on board.
Expect more to be released regarding Episode VII in the near future, especially with production set to start up jut two months from now.
Written by Josh Sazin on 3/18/14, with a link to Deadline