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‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Slated to Start Shooting in May

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Details of Star Wars: Episode VII are still relatively slim, but now it’s at least known that Disney and Lucasfilm begin shooting in May.

The news was accompanied by an official statement effectively confirming what observers already figured was the case, but without naming any names: “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.”

May is, for the non-calendar-inclined, just two months away, meaning that firm casting news is likely coming soon. Adam Driver was reported last month to be “close” to a primary role, but no official casting announcements have been made. Variety names Ed Speleers, John Boyega, Jesse Plemons, Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher as other contenders for lead roles.

Production of Star Wars: Episode VII will be based at Pinewood Studios in London. Directed by J.J. Abrams, the film’s scheduled for release on Dec. 18, 2015.

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