Star Wars: Episode 7 - What We Know So Far

In 2005 it looked like the Star Wars saga was officially over. Lucasfilm and Twentieth Century Fox released Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, which completed the prequels trilogy and tied the story back to the first film in the series. It was done, finished, kaput, and ended.

But then along came Disney. In October 2012 the studio brokered a $4.05 billion deal to buy Lucasfilm, and with the deal came the announcement that they would be starting production on a whole new trilogy of Star Wars films that would keep the epic story going for years and years to come. Naturally, fanboys started to foam at the mouth with anticipation. What would the new movies be about? Would they bring back classic characters or merely focus on new ones? Would there be new stories set outside of the trilogy?

Thanks to all of these questions, we here at Cinema Blend have been sorting through all of the rumors trying to sort out exactly what we know about the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII, and just like we’ve done for both The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Batman vs. Superman we’ve constructed a handy guide to help sort out all of the facts and fictions. Read on below for the latest info!

Star Wars Episode VII start date
Start Date
Knowing that the feature has to hit a December 2015 release date, we’ve reported that Abrams and his team would have to begin filming in May, but it turns out that things have come together a little bit quicker than that. Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn has said that cameras are already rolling on Star Wars 7, and added that a lot of the cast is already in place (they’re just not telling any of us about it). While there will be multiple locations used for the production, the bulk of it will take place in England at the famous Pinewood Studios, and it’s been said that the size of the production actually is triggering expansion at the country’s ILM facilities.

Star Wars Episode VII timeline
The Timeline
In the same story announcing the start date for production, Disney’s Bob Iger confirmed that the Star Wars 7 storyline concocted by screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and director J.J. Abrams will take place 30 years after Return of the Jedi. This makes complete sense, given that it’s been rumored that Abrams wants the film to revolve around the original trio of actors from George Lucas’ original trilogy. Episode VII would need to factor in the age of the actual actors to make this happen.

Star Wars Episode VII director JJ Abrams
The Director
Though he initially declined the job, J.J. Abrams is not only going to be the director of Star Wars: Episode VII, but also one of the co-writers (working alongside Empire Strikes Back scribe Lawrence Kasdan). The filmmaker has had plenty of experience working in science-fiction, directing both the last two Star Trek movies as well as the Spielberg-esque Super 8.

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The Screenplay
Oscar winning screenwriter Michael Arndt was one of the first people to be hired to work on Star Wars: Episode VII, signing a deal to pen the script for the film only about a week after the film was first announced. But not only is he now gone, it would appear that his script in the hands of Abrams and Kasdan has changed quite a bit. According to reports, Arndt’s original Star Wars 7 screenplay largely followed the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo’s offspring, but since Abrams and Kasdan have taken over they have switched the focus of the story to be more on the original trilogy characters. Whether or not those reports are accurate we don’t know, but it has been confirmed is that the screenplay is finished.
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