'Star Wars: Episode VII' Already Shooting, Casting Mostly Completed

April 6, 2014
Source: THR

Star Wars: Episode VII

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.

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In movie theater far far far away...

SkyNet300 on Apr 6, 2014


I agree, Disney should release casting news about Episode VII on Star Wars Day, May the Fourth. But if they don't... oh, man!!! It will be like, "as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced."

DarthVerous on Apr 7, 2014


this can't be good, and it doesn't make any difference how maney scripts are written.... Maybe when you are 10 years old andI buying lego star wars figures it will be good, but for us the magic is gone.. Besides that jj Abrahams is not the most original director and what it takes its a fresh approach of the story... Such a big universe of star wars stories and they are going reprise roles of Han Solo and Luke Skywalker??? How original is that?? No this will not do for me, but I my son of 6 will love it!

Avi on Apr 7, 2014


Like how you base your disinterest on absolutely nothing. How original.

Guest on Apr 7, 2014


This is going to be to a wait and see, the Star Wars license should have been up years ago, we don't need entire perfect films, there can be bad ones as long as there are a few great ones. The Star Wars video game series is the best to describe the change. There have been dozens of Star Wars games from 1st person to 3rd person, RTS, action, platforming , racing, simulation, dog fights, RPG, and online multiplayer games. Some were bad, some were good, some were amazing, so this open license that Disney is creating is good in a lot of ways.

shane willett on Apr 7, 2014


A Star Wars post!! A Star Wars post!!

TheOct8pus on Apr 7, 2014


Trying not to get excited. Trying hard. Will be double tough to not watch trailers if I go that route.

avconsumer2 on Apr 7, 2014

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