On the Reel: ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ to begin production in May

J.J. Abrams will take the reins as director for "Star Wars Episode VII." The film is set to start filming this May. -Photo courtesy of Flickr user Gage Skidmore

J.J. Abrams will take the reins as director for “Star Wars Episode VII.” The film is set to
start filming this May. -Photo courtesy of Flickr user Gage Skidmore

 

Whether or not the George-Lucas-money-grab prequel trilogy blew you away, it is hard to ignore the recent news regarding yet another “Star Wars” trilogy coming into the world. Ever since “Episode III: Revenge of The Sith” came out in 2005, fanboys and girls alike have been waiting for official news about “Episode VII” since Disney purchased the rights to make the new trilogy. Now, according to E!, production of the film starts in May 2014. 

The film will be directed by J.J. Abrams, who is notorious for keeping any film he works on under lock and key. Most of the “news” comes from the rumor mills of Internet chat rooms, blogs and social media. However, the official site for  the franchise, starwars.com, confirmed some details in March.

“’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,” the website says.

No further details on casting or plot are available at this time.

This, to me, says Harrison Ford is back in the saddle as Han Solo along with Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher as Luke and Leia Skywalker, respectively. This will work out perfectly because all the previous actors of the original trilogy are way past their prime and if their characters were going to make appearances, it would have to be done way farther in the future. Unfortunately there is no official casting list. Bob Iger, chief executive of Disney (who now owns Lucas-Films), commented on the casting rumors to Variety.

“Rumor has it that almost every actor in the world has been cast in this movie, but so far, the official cast member that we’ve confirmed, the only one, is R2D2. Played by R2D2,” Igner said to Variety.

I’m very excited to see what Abrams does with the newest trilogy. “Lost” was a great (if not drawn-out) television show and the recent “Star Trek” reboots have been wowing both critics and the theater crowd, so the Lucas sci-fi realm is not something Abrams is likely to screw up.

So other than being way farther into the future (in a galaxy far, far away, blah, blah, blah) what else can be expected from Episode VII?  More Chewbacca  always more Chewbacca.

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