Disney's "Star Wars" to start shooting in May

At a shareholder meeting, Disney CEO Bob Iger also revealed when "Episode VII" takes place


Prachi Gupta
March 19, 2014 12:37AM (UTC)

Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger has announced that Disney's upcoming "Star Wars" sequel will take place 30 years after "Return of the Jedi" left off, reports Deadline.

Speaking at a shareholder's meeting in Portland, Oregon, Iger announced that "Star Wars Episode VII," the first of Disney's highly anticipated sequel franchise, will begin shooting in May in London. Iger shared nothing else about the J.J. Abrams-directed film, however. “It’s really in the process so there isn’t much I can share with you,” Iger said.

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So far, the only confirmed cast member is R2-D2, though it's rumored that some of the franchise's original stars, including Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, might return. Iger assured fans that there will be “familiar faces, including a trio of young leads."

"Episode VII" will be released on December 18, 2015.


Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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