'Star Wars: Episode VII' Already Shooting, Casting Mostly Completed
Now before that headline gets any of you excited, there's not really much in the vein of information here. But this report serves more as an update on progress for Star Wars: Episode VII. First of all, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn recently sat down at the Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television’s for their Hollywood Masters series (via THR) and revealed the film has already been shooting. And while some outlets have been touting this as "secretly filming," this is director J.J. Abrams shooting plates, master setting shots which will be digitally added in the background in post-production.
The rumor was going around a little while ago, and we can confirm that shooting is indeed going on in Iceland, but it's nothing to write home about. But the news that we're still waiting for regarding a solid cast should be just around the corner. Horn said, "We have a lot of them. We're just not complete done yet." The real production is slated to begin in May, so casting should be announced any minute now once they've got everyone lined up. With Star Wars Day on May 4th approaching (May the Fourth Be with You), that would be a great time for some casting news.
Otherwise, what's been taking so long for the film to get underway? Well, the script needed to be as good as it could be before production could move forward, and that's good news. Horn said, "It’s all about the screenplay. It has to be screenplay, screenplay, screenplay.” Thankfully, Horn also confirmed that the script from J.J. Abrams and The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi writer Lawrence Kasdan is complete. As we learned a little while back, the film will take place about 30 years after Return of the Jedi, which will pretty much be real-time since the film was release in 1983. Stay tuned for more info as it surfaces.