“Star Wars Episode VII,” the 7th film of the “Star Wars” series is scheduled to hit theatres on Dec. 18, 2015. Filming of the latest “Star Wars” installment will reportedly start in May 2014 at Pinewood Studios in England.
J.J. Abrams of “Star Trek” (2009) and “Star Trek Into Darkness” (2013), will be directing “Star Wars Episode VII.” Meanwhile, George Lucas, the creator of “Star Wars,” will be the creative consultant in this new “Star Wars” film. J.J. Abrams also wrote the screenplay in collaboration with Lawrence Kasdan (co-writer of “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back” and “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi”).
Producers Kathleen Kennedy (“E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” and “Jurassic Park” trilogy) and Bryan Burk (Abrams’ long-time collaborator including the “Star Trek” films) will produce “Star Wars Episode VII.”
In an interview by Bloomberg Businessweek, George Lucas hinted that there would be old cast members that will appear on the latest “Star Wars” film, particularly Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia Organa).
“We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison—or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation,” said Lucas in the Bloomberg Businessweek report.
On November 19, 2013, R2-D2 was the very first “Star Wars” character confirmed in the movie.
Carrie Fisher also confirmed in an interview with TV Guide last January 21, 2014 that she will play a role in the new “Star Wars” film together with her co-stars Ford and Hamill..
“As for the next Star Wars film, myself, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill are expected to report to work in March or April. I’d like to wear my old cinnamon buns hairstyle again but with white hair. I think that would be funny,” said Fisher in the TV Guide interview.
Other stars fighting for lead roles are Adam Driver (“Girls”), Ed Speelers (“Downton Abbey”), John Boyega (“Attack the Block”) and Jesse Plemons (“Breaking Bad”).
It has also been confirmed that “Star Wars Episode VII” is set 30 years after “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.”
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