Some new Star Wars Episode VII information has revealed itself to me through a Force vision. That’s assuming that checking the Star Wars website counts as having a Force vision…anyways, in an article on StarWars.com, it is confirmed that principle photography will begin in May of 2014 in London. But the real exciting news is at the bottom of the article, reading:
It has also been confirmed that Star Wars: Episode VII is set about 30 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, and will star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces. No further details on casting or plot are available at this time.
This opens up a whole hell of a lot of doors from a storytelling perspective. The story of Jacen Solo is still a possibility, as is the telling of the Dark Nest Crisis. But really, I have a feeling that writer Lawrence Kasdan and company are going to be shooting for something completely different in an entirely original setting. Like I said, the narrative possibilities are endless, much like the hype for Episode VII.
Also of note is that director J.J. Abrams is still hunting for his lead, which our friends at BadassDigest note is both odd and worrisome, given that filming begins in two months. The rumored actors that are vying for the leading role are Jesse Plemmons, perhaps best known from his role in Breaking Bad, Ed Speelers, and John Boyega. When Michael Ardnt wrote his screenplay, it was pretty well-known that the leading role was going to be Ben Skywalker, though that may have changed with re-writes by Abrams and Kasdan.
Star Wars Episode VII is currently slated for theatrical release on December 18th, 2015. I’ll be making tally marks on my wall, counting down the days.