It’s official! ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ will take place in a galaxy far, far away, 30 years post-‘Return of the Jedi.’ And it may star some familiar faces!
Star Wars fans everywhere are counting down to the final installment of the epic space franchise, Star Wars: Episode VII, slated to start shooting this May in London. Production companies Disney and Lucasfilm on March 18 released new details about their project, including it’s time frame. And that’s not all — they also hinted at some of the original Star Wars actors being included in the cast. Please say Harrison Ford!
‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ 30 Years After ‘Return Of The Jedi': Timeline Announced
The original Star Wars trilogy culminated with the classic film Return of the Jedi, released in 1983. So it’s only fitting that the newest film in the franchise, set to be released in 2015, will take place exactly 30 years post-Jedi. It literally is Star Wars: 30 years later!
Disney and Lucasfilm also revealed that the highly anticipated film “will star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces,” according to The Verge.
Does this mean what we think it means? Will original Star Wars faves such as Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill be returning to the screen to portray older versions of their legendary characters? Will we actually get to see the real Han Solo, Leia Organa, and Luke Skywalker again? Nothing’s concrete, but we’re getting the vibe that we have a delicious reunion heading towards us from a galaxy far, far away.
J.J. Abrams To Direct ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’
In 2012, HollywoodLife.com spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Star Wars: Episode VII‘s co-writer/director, J.J. Abrams, about the project. Of course, at the time, he didn’t even know he’d be involved in the movie at all!
“Look, Star Wars is one of my favorite movies of all time,” J.J. revealed to us. “I frankly feel that – I almost feel that, in a weird way, the opportunity for whomever it is to direct that movie, it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series. I was never a big Star Trek fan growing up, so for me, working on Star Trek didn’t have any of that, you know, almost fatal sacrilege, and so, I am looking forward more then anyone to the next iterations of Star Wars, but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer!”
Well, J.J., you were wrong about that one, but we have no doubt you’ll do the movie and its spirit proud!
Are you excited for Star Wars: Episode VII, HollywoodLifers? Let us know!
– India Irving