With the recent rumors that Star Wars: Episode VII might go into production this May, it’s only a matter of time before we hear official announcements about the cast. There are reports that suggest that the film’s principal actors have already been selected, but Disney and Lucasfilm are being tight lipped about the whole process. While we wait to hear who exactly will be in the new Star Wars movie, one actor who has been rumored for a role has commented on his status.
We don’t know much about Star Wars: Episode VII, which isn’t surprising to anyone. Director J.J. Abrams is well known, some may say notorious, for keeping a tight lid on his films, something that even he has poked fun at in the past. Aside from the fact that it’s happening; that the release date is set for December 18, 2015; and that Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan took over writing the script from Michael Arndt, we don’t really know anything. It will probably start shooting in May in England, and we’ve heard all manner of casting rumors, but even all of that is still up in the air. A new picture on the redesigned Lucasfilm website, however, may have inadvertently given us our first glimpse at some concept art for the first Star Wars movie in a decade.
The website features a photo of a production meeting full of big wigs and key players. Abrams is there (he’s the one with his back to us), Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy, visual effects supervisor John Knoll, production designer Rick Carter, tech VP Kim Libreri, and Jason McGatlin, the senior vice president of physical production. But that’s not the interesting part. If you look in the background you’ll notice what appears to be some concept art hanging on the wall behind them.
Given that Episode VII isn’t due to start filming for another few months yet, it’s going to be a while before we get to see the first teaser or trailer for the next installment in the Star Wars saga. Thankfully, the internet has never been the sort to allow the orderly progression of time to get in their way, so YouTuber Mr. 88668866 decided to splice together a fan-made trailer to tease us with the epic prospects of a return to the galaxy far, far away.
Of course there isn’t actually any official footage from Episode VII at this point, so Mr. Lots-of-Numbers spliced together all manner of futuristic/space-y moments from movies including Serenity, Star Trek (2009) & Star Trek Into Darkness, John Carter, Man of Steel, Ender’s Game, Thor: The Dark World, and the trailers for the upcoming Noah and the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending. Yes, you read that right — he got Biblical epic in our Star Wars.
Although J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy have yet to announce who will be in Star Wars: Episode VII, production on the film is scheduled to begin sometime this spring. With anticipation building, about the first new, live-action Star Wars film since Revenge of the Sith in 2005, rumor has it that Episode VII will begin shooting this May.
According to HitFix’s Drew McWeeny, filming for Episode VII will begin at Pinewood Studios in London, England in May. McWeeny writes:
Multiple sources now have confirmed for us that Star Wars Episode VII is set to start shooting mid-May and will run through September of this year, and most principal casting on the film is complete, with many announcements still to come. While Abrams had mentioned May during the TCA press tour and there had been speculation about the summer date, the full production schedule was finally confirmed for us.
Star Wars: Episode VII has been the biggest news story in science fiction and entertainment since the film was first announced back in October 2012. The first film in a new Star Wars trilogy has captured the imaginations of many, many fans around the world. We’re all looking forward to hearing who will be cast in the new film series, but Disney and Lucasfilm are being closed-lipped about the casting process. There are, of course, countless rumors, and while promoting RoboCop, actor Gary Oldman revealed that Lucasfilm has been trying to persuade him to sign on for Episode VII.
While the 55-year-old British actor didn’t say whether or not he’d be in the movie, he did admit to taking a meeting with Lucasfilm. “They’ve called,” Oldman told Sky News (via CinemaBlend). “I’m more cynical about it now. I’ll believe it when I’m on the plane home. The deal isn’t done. But yeah they’ve inquired.”
Production on Star Wars: Episode VII is set to begin shooting this March or April. With only a few months until then, it’s still unclear who will be cast in the new film. It’s been a year since Kathleen Kennedy announced that J.J. Abrams would be directing Episode VII, with a good mix of his regular collaborators like cinematographer Dan Mindel and Star Wars regulars such as sound designer Ben Burtt and film composer John Williams. At the moment, that’s pretty much all we know about Episode VII, officially. But while Disney and Lucasfilm have yet to announce the film’s new cast, an up-and-coming Hollywood star is looking to be in the new movie.
In an interview with MTV, actor Zac Efron confirmed that he recently took a meeting with Lucasfilm about Episode VII. “Yeah, I just went and met with them. So I don’t know. It would be cool. I love [the Star Wars movies], I love them, but…who knows?,” said the 26-year-old actor. Rumors of Efron being involved in Episode VII first popped up back in July 2013, but this is the first time Efron has confirmed that he had met with Lucasfilm about the film.