May The Fourth be with you, everyone! Today fans around the world are putting Blu-ray/DVD/VHS/Laserdisc copies of the Star Wars films into their home theater systems and celebrating the annual international event known as Star Wars Day. Because of the holiday, many have been expecting that we will hear some kind of big news from the production of the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII - which has been shrouded in secrecy. While we're still holding out hope that we will get to hear something Earth-moving before the day is through, for now we have a special message from director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan.
This video is really only little more than a "hello" and doesn't really offer any more official information than we don't already know - except for maybe that casting isn't quite over yet. At the same time, the two filmmakers - who co-wrote the screenplay for Star Wars: Episode VII - are certainly incredibly busy people right now, so it is nice of them to take a quick moment and share a message with the fans.
Of course, even if the sun goes down on today without some kind of huge Star Wars: Episode VII announcement (can we at least get an official title?) we can't complain too much. After all, earlier this week the production finally announced its all-star cast of actors both new and familiar to the franchise, including John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker:
It's possible that the folks and Disney and LucasFilm were hoping to reveal this big announcement today instead of last week, but were forced to go early because there was a risk that all of the news was going to leak early to the press.
As you can see in the image above, Star Wars: Episode VII just had its first big table read last week and will be soon going into principal photography. The production will be shooting mostly at Pinewood Studios in England, and we can expect that security will continue to be very high around the whole thing. If it doesn't happen today, hopefully we will be getting some kind of plot description soon that at least gives us the briefest hints at what this sequel is going to be about.
Stay tuned the rest of the day for more Star Wars news!