Star Wars: Episode 7 - What We Know So Far

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In 2005 it looked like the Star Wars saga was officially over. Lucasfilm and Twentieth Century Fox released Star Wars 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 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
On May 16, 2014, principal photography on Star Wars: Episode VII began, making it the first live-action Star Wars movie to go in front of cameras since Revenge of the Sith. While it hasn't been officially stated what is being shot first or where, some strategically placed sand on the production's first clapper board suggests that the cast and crew are kicking things off in the Abu Dhabi desert, where it's been rumored they have been building a new Tatooine. Most of the production, however, will be taking place at England's Pinewood Studios.

Star Wars Episode VII timeline
The Timeline
It has been confirmed that the Star Wars: Episode VII storyline will take place 30 years after the Battle of Endor and the events portrayed in Return of the Jedi. This makes complete sense, given that it’s been rumored that Abrams wants the plot of the film to revolve around Luke, Leia and Han from George Lucas’ original trilogy. In order to do this Episode VII, would need to factor in the age of the actual actors, and it appears that’s exactly what’s being done.

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. 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, and has long said that he is a life-long Star Wars fan. Will that experience and fanhood lead to a great sequel? We’ll just have to wait and find out.

star wars Screenwriter
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 Empire Strikes Back screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan has changed quite a bit. According to reports, Arndt’s original Star Wars: Episode VII 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 reportedly changed the focus of the story to be more on the original trilogy characters. Whether or not this story is accurate is unknown, but what has been confirmed is that the screenplay is finished.

But what about the cast? Who's in it? The full cast has been officially announced. Read on to find out who the stars of the next Star Wars are....
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