Star Wars Episode VII To Start Filming in May

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It would seem that the Force is quite strong in the production of the much anticipated Star Wars VII, and the internet is simply abuzz with a variety of rumor, half truths, fan wishes, and rank speculation.

We here at Geek will endeavor to separate the wheat from the chaff and insure that you, the rabid Star Wars fans, get the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help us Yoda!

First off, Lucasfilm and Disney announced this week that film production will start in May at the world famous Pinewood Studios in London. In fact, Jedi News says that key cast members, members of the media, and certain trusted vendors have met at the venerable studio to devise ways to combat potential leaks during the production of Star Wars Episode VII.

Also the first real story details have been confirmed; the film will be set 30 years after Return of the Jedi and follow the exploits of three new characters. So far the only thing we know as of know is that Girls star Adam Driver was supposedly cast as the film’s villain, and names such as 12 Years a Slave‘s Lupita Nyong’o, Downton Abbey‘s Ed Speleers, and Breaking Bad’s Jesse Plemons are rumored to be in talks for roles. That being said, the new film is also supposed to feature older versions of the characters that Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher made so famous in the original films. One character we know is returning for sure is the quirky indomitable droid R2-D2.

The Star Wars franchise was created by director George Lucas and comprises six films that have grossed more than $4.4 billion at the worldwide box office.

Disney purchased Star Wars production company LucasFilm for $4.05 billion in 2012 and then quickly announced it would release three new films with super director J.J. Abrams at the helm, with Empire Strikes Back scribe Lawrence Kasdan penning the new script. The film will hit theaters on December 18, 2015.

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