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.
HitFix goes on to say that Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher will indeed all be involved with the film’s production, as Abrams wants to make Episode VII as close to the original film trilogy as possible. The prequels have left a bad taste in the mouths of Star Wars fans, so Episode VII is the perfect opportunity to make things right, while gaining a new audience in the process. “…that’s what we’re getting,” McWeeny says, “and if you think Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford aren’t actively involved in making sure that if they do this, there’s nothing Holiday Special about it.”
If HitFix is correct, we should soon hear something more official from Disney and Lucasfilm about Episode VII‘s production start date. With May only three months away, it’s also likely that we’ll hear official casting news for Episode VII sooner rather than later. But considering J.J. Abrams’ penchant for secrecy, it’s likely that Pinewood Studios is going to be under the most strict security for a movie ever.
Gary Oldman recently revealed that he’s been taking meetings with Lucasfilm for a possible role in the new Star Wars movie. While it’s unclear whom he would play, it’s believed that it might be the rumored “40-something military-type male” character that is described as “a Matt Damon-type from Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium.”
Star Wars: Episode VII will hit theaters everywhere on December 18, 2015. Check out a very cool Episode VII fan trailer below.