"Star Wars: Episode VII" set 30 years after Return of the Jedi, starts filming in May

Paula David – Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter

Portland, OR, United States (4E) – Set 30 years after the Return of the Jedi, “Star Wars: Episode VII” is closer at hand as it will begin filming this May, Disney has announced Tuesday.

Much of the film’s details is being kept under wraps, but during Disney’s annual shareholders’ meeting in Portland, Oregon, Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger said that there will be “some very familiar faces along with a trio of new young leads” to appear in the movie.

Igers, however, quipped that the only cast member whose role is confirmed for this film is R2-D2. Previous reports have linked Adam Driver to play one of the villains, but that is yet to be verified.

Directed by J.J Abrams, this is the first Star Wars film to be released by Disney since it bought Lucasfilm in 2012 for $4 billion. “Star Wars: Episode VII,” which will be shot at London’s Pinewood Studios, is set for release on December 18, 2015.

Meanwhile, to add to the upcoming Star Wars film, Disney’s Pixar has announced plans to make a sequel for the 2004 animated hit “The Incredibles,” as well as a third “Cars” film.

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