New Star Wars Starts Shooting

New Star Wars Starts Shooting

The new Star Wars film, which is expected to open in cinemas on 18th December 2015, has begun shooting, even though the cast has not been finalized.  This is according to Alan Horn, the chairman of Disney Studios, who revealed in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter (THR) that production is underway and the full cast will be decided upon very soon.

“We’re actually shooting some of it now,” Horn revealed.  “We have a lot of [the cast in place].  We’re just not completely done yet.”  The screenplay has been the biggest problem with the new movie, which is the seventh film in the blockbusting series that began 37 years ago with the original Star Wars in 1977.

Oscar-winning writer Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine) was the first to have a go at the script, only to be replaced by Star Wars veteran scribe Lawrence Kasdan.  Kasdan wrote the script for The Empire Strikes Back, which is regarded by many as the greatest of the Star Wars series.  It is uncertain how much of Arndt’s work will stay in Episode VII, though both Kasdan and JJ Abram, who is directing the film, had a hand in reworking the screenplay.

Horn told THR that the seventh film will pick up where the official sixth movie, 1983’s Return of the Jedi, left off.  Speculation has been rife with regard to many of the details about the film, although the original trilogy’s stars ‒ Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher ‒ have all been confirmed as returning.

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