Star Wars fanatics rejoiced as J.J. Abrams publicly announced his upcoming film, “Star Wars: Episode VII,” the first of a planned trilogy. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan teamed up to write the screenplay for the much anticipated new film.
Disney and Lucasfilm made an official announcement on Tuesday, March 18 that the new Star Wars movie will begin filming in May at London’s Pinewood Studios.
“Episode VII” is meant to be a continuation of the original saga by George Lucas. In a statement made to the Los Angeles Times, Disney said the film is set to take place 30 years after “Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi,” which coincidentally came out 30 years ago.
In an interview, Disney said the film will star three new, young leads; however, some familiar faces will also accompany them. The original Star Wars actors, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fischer and Mark Hamill, have all been rumored to have parts in the upcoming “Episode.”
Many reports say that this Star Wars film is set to have a star-studded cast, amidst rumors that Jesse Plemons of “Breaking Bad,” Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan have been considered for roles.
As of now, five young men are in a fight for the lead role as a young Jedi apprentice in the popular movie franchise. Two of the actors being considered are African-American, causing some debate about the race of the character. Abrams stated his desire for a diverse cast and is currently deciding with filmmakers whether to cast a nonwhite actor in the role.
Only one role has been cast for certain. Disney Chief Robert Iger confirmed in the Los Angeles Times that R2-D2, from previous Star Wars films, will be returning to the screen. “Star Wars: Episode VII” is set to open in theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.
Editor’s Note: Information in this article was taken from USA Today and the Los Angeles Times.