So apparently Star Wars: Episode VII has finished shooting, or at least wrapped up principal photography—odds are that, over the next year plus, there will be the need for some reshoots pick ups or things of that nature. But for now, that side of the film is done. There’s such a veil of secrecy covering the production, if you were involved, and someone said, “Oh yeah? Prove it,” you might not be able to. Until now. J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, Bryan Burke, and the rest of the higher ups, sent this sweet note out to all of the members of the “extraordinary cast and crew.”
While this is just a nice little gesture (isn’t it always pleasant to get a touch of praise from your boss? Even if you hate your job it feels good to be recognized), like I said, part of the motivation for this is so that those involved have something to show off. A piece of the letter reads: “How lovely it would be if you had, in addition to your name on the screen, some actual, real, tangible proof that you were part of it! Here, then, is that proof.”
We all know the primary players, like Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, and Gwendoline Christie, as well as the various others announced during filming. But for every one of these names, there are probably hundreds more we don’t know, from extras to everyone involved in production. Since they likely signed away their first born should they ever even speak the name Star Wars (why do I envision Lucasfilm as a Hollywood version of Rumplestilsken?), it might be hard to convince people of what they were really doing.
But now people like James Rose, who tweeted this photos, and who I’ve never heard of, and I have zero idea of how he’s involved in the production, has something he can wave around in the face of all of his friends and yell, “See, I told you I worked on Episode VII, suck it.” At least that’s what I’d do. And isn’t the whole purpose of working on a Star Wars movie?
While not terribly Earth shattering, this is an exciting bit of news. They’re moving on from one phase into the next, sure to be a gargantuan effort, what with editing, sound mixing, and tons of special effects. We’re now one step closer to laying eyes on another new Star War movie, and it’s hard not to be at least a touch giddy thinking about that.
Star Wars: Episode VII opens everywhere December 18, 2015.