Hard to believe, but Star Wars Episode VII is actually happening, and the film is getting closer to production. LucasFilm and Disney have announced some new information surrounding the production which will begin shooting at Pinewood Studios in London in less than two months.
We now know the story will take place about 30 years after the final instalment of the original trilogy and that the next episode “will star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces.”
The “familiar faces” reference is likely in response to rumours that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher would be reprising their roles as Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia, respectively. With the original film shot about 352 years ago, the 30 year gap between episodes will ensure the actors’ ages line up perfectly with the story. It’s likely the 30-year gap was inspired, if not caused by, the time that has passed since the original trilogy’s release.
We don’t have any other information on the new lead characters just yet, though if rumours are to be believed, Adam Driver will be playing the (likely Sith) villain. With May 4th (unofficially known as “May The Force” and “Star Wars Day”) around the corner, we wouldn’t be shocked if some more film details were confirmed.
Stay tuned as we report on everything the Jedi and Sith send our way!