STAR WARS EPISODE VII Begins Filming In May, Set 30 Years After ROTJ

The newest addition to the Star Wars saga is about to take its next step forward. It was announced by Disney and Lucasfilm that principal photography on Star Wars Episode VII will start in May 2014 at London’s Pinewood Studios. This is the first Star Wars film to begin production in May, with the other films either beginning in January, March or June.

The press release also revealed that the film would take place 30 years after Return of the Jedi, and will star “a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces.” It did not confirm details on the plot or the authenticity of casting rumors involving Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o or the five actors up for the male lead.

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I think the “familiar faces” part of the press release is obvious. Outside of an official statement, it’s certain that Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher will be reprising their iconic roles for the sequel. Fisher herself revealed that she’d be in London for six months shooting Episode VII. As for the three new leads, that’s hard to say. With all these casting rumors that have circled around the Internet for months, it’s hard to tell who’s really going to be involved. However, if the movies take inspiration from the Expanded Universe, it’s possible that these young leads will be Jacen Solo, Jaina Solo and Ben Skywalker. Although considering the age of the Original Trilogy stars, these young’uns might be changed from their children to grandchildren.


With the announcement of when filming will start, expect official casting announcements to start making the circuit. I’m sure I’m not alone in wanting these as soon as possible. Aside from Batman vs. Superman, I can’t remember the last time a movie was surrounded with so much secrecy. It’s unnatural for a film’s production! We have to know details so that we can start critiquing and ridiculing them.

For the full press release, click the link below.


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  • Kondorr

    And we need unconfirmed story spoilers so we can trash the movie before even having one bit of info… other than the time period…

  • Dustin Rader

    30 years…Well then it’s not thrawn, or the Yuuzhan Vong,
    Has to be the Jacen solo series, Jacen solo was captured and tortured for 7
    years focusing his mind he believe he overcame emotion and desire and works on
    pure logic, So he couldn’t be sith since they focus on emotion and anger, So he
    continues down a dark path lead by each decision as well as the mistress of the
    empire Lumiya, until he crosses over
    to the darkside by killing Mara jade, luke skywalkers wife, she was an assassin
    sent for luke by the emperor but instead he saves her many times and she kills
    his clone and they fall in love, but then his nephew jacen kills her, so less
    time to be attached to that character anyway by skipping all that, Well jacen
    has a twin sister jana she’s determined to stop jacen once she finds out he’s
    now darth caedus and he is reforming the empire and building a fleet using the
    anikan solo as his flag ship named after his dead brother, Jana needs someone
    like boba fett to show her how to fight like a mandalorian since they where
    both taught in the jedi temple to fight the same, that would give her an edge
    in the battle, So she finds boba fett still alive, he killed his way out of
    that sarlacc pit years ago and is now the richest man in the galaxy and the
    most revered bounty hunter, the mandalorians are a scattered race needing
    someone to reunite them and reforge mandalor to it’s former glory, Boba fett is
    going to realize his legacy in leading a world and training warriors with his
    wisdom and not his seed since he is a clone he cannot reproduce, so he finds
    new meaning training jana in mandalorian ways, Young ben skywalker is also
    getting strong in the force but he is just a padawan and he looks up to jacen
    tries to be just like him, but ben still has his humanity and isn’t willing to
    do the dirty work his older cousin is requiring so he runs back home and tells
    his dad of his mistrust of jacen, Luke pretty much is a daze about mara and not
    knowing who did it, now believes jacen is the prime suspect, So he goes after
    him and is strong enough to hold him in a chair with letting him move a finger,
    but he isn’t 100% sure so he lets him go and jana gets her chance and she kills
    him instead…Everyone will be the proper age so the main actors will proably be the same.