It has been a long while since we dropped any news about Star Wars: Episode VII. But according to reliable sources like Collider and THR, the Disney-produced sequel is picking up its pace as it enters the production phase next month.
Word on the street is that last week Disney Chairman Alan Horn revealed that casting is almost complete when he was asked about the status of the Episode VII at the Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television in Los Angeles.
We have a lot of them [in place], we’re just not completely done yet.
He is referring to the main cast of Episode VII, which will be left in secrecy until the day Disney announces the names during a big public presser that is expect to come in the very near future. For now, all we know about the upcoming sequel is that it will pick up 30 years after the events that took place in Return of the Jedi, and follows a trio of new young leads. Also, much of the original main cast like Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford will appear in the J.J. Abrams film.
Lastly, Horn also mentioned that pre-production has already begun, “actually, we’re shooting some of it now,” he said. However, official production on Episode VII is scheduled to start on May 14th.
Star Wars: Episode VII is penned by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams, it will drop in theaters on December 18, 2015.