Star Wars Episode VII – What do we Know

Believe it or not, but this summer, production on all of the film’s battle scenes will start in the United Kingdom. Surreal as it still sounds, Star Wars VII is finally happening.

We know more about what’s not going to happen than what is going to happen, for now. After so many names were thrown around regarding the director of the resuming of the Space saga and the beginning of hopefully the third trilogy. J.J. Abrams, the current man in charge of making Star Trek great for cinema again, was a rumor that was actually denied initially.


Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Rattatoille, Mission Impossible), Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class), Steven Spielberg, Neill Blomkamp (District 9), Alfonso Cuarón (Harry Potter, Children of Men), Darren Aronofsky, Joss Whedon, Jon Favreau, Joseph Kosinski (Tron) and Rian Johsnon were all rumored to be in the running somehow.

A call were made to Guillermo del Toro, but he is tied up with future projects. Now Abrams is officially the man for the job, although it does leave a few questions hanging regarding the Star Trek franchise.

We also know that Episode VII will be an original story and not directly based on the various novels, graphic novels, or other materials in the Star Wars Expanded Universe that take place during the post-Return of the Jedi time period. Some thought that basing the story on the Heir to the Empire, the first in Timothy’s Zahn’s Thrawn Trilogy might be a good place to pick up. With Disney obviously looking to cash in on the same actors of the original characters, it might be based a bit further down the future. The script is being written by Michael Arndt.

Heir to the empire

Lando is in the story, which means we might get to see Billy Dee Williams, recently making a cameo on Modern Family, in the film. Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher have all expressed their interest in appearing.

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