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Star Wars: Episode VII Begins Filming In May

Lucasfilm and Disney's epic space opera to be directed by J.J. Abrams

By Andrea Tim | Published: 19 Mar 2014

Star Wars VII Begins
Photo: Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Finally, cameras are set to roll for the top secret seventh instalment of George Lucas' Star Wars come May this year. The much-anticipated sequel is still very hush-hush, with only rumours going around regarding casting.

The only thing that is (quite) certain is that the still unnamed Star Wars: Episode VII is set for an 18 December 2015 release.

It was recently reported that J.J. Abrams approached the stars of British drama series Downton Abbey, looking for actors for the film, prompting us to wonder if Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery) will be getting a wardrobe change.

Also, Girls star Adam Driver is apparently in final negotiations to play the villain, but again nothing has been confirmed yet. Other than that, open auditions were held at the end of 2013 in the US and the UK in search of actors to play two roles in the film, and all we know of said roles is that they're called Rachel and Thomas.

Rumour has it that Episode VII, set 30 years after the events in Return of the Jedi will see the return of some familiar faces. We're hoping that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher are in the mix... as well as some "I love you/I know" references. Calm your nostalgia, people. And, action.


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