Today's the Day: J.J. Abrams' 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Begins Filming
A new era begins now. Today is the first day of filming on Star Wars: Episode VII, the continuation of the Star Wars franchise started in 1977. To mark the occasion, the @bad_robot Twitter account sent out a photo of the clapboard from the first day of shooting, with nothing else besides the hashtag "#dayone". This is it. We can't turn back now. By late 2015, movie fans the world over will be lining up at theaters for the return of Han Solo, Luke & Leia Skywalker, Chewie, R2 & C3PO, and the introduction of some new Jedi. The new cast features John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver. See the tweet and photo below.
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) May 16, 2014
UPDATE: This photo was also posted through the official Star Wars Facebook page:
With production now underway, and the December 18th, 2015 release date confirmed by Disney, Star Wars mania should be kicking in hardcore. Filming is now underway and there's no question that no matter what, this Star Wars story will continue. We'll be right here to keep you updated through 2015 and beyond. Update: The cinematographer named on the clapboard is Daniel Mindel, who worked with J.J. on Star Trek 1 & 2, as well as John Carter, Savages and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. SlashFilm explains more of the technical details on the clapboard, if you're interested. We suggest reading Eric Vespe's post on AICN, too.