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Star Wars Episode VII: The Facts, The Rumours, The Mysteries
What we know, what we guess and what remains under wraps…

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A steady stream of Star Wars Episode VII news, rumours, denials and scuttlebutt continues to hit the web, and as the start of shooting draws closer we are still – like someone suffering from hibernation sickness – pretty much in the dark. So we thought we’d round up what Donald Rumsfeld would call the known knowns, the known unknowns and the unknown unknowns: or to put it another way, the fact, the rumour and the mysteries to date. This is the current state of play, and we’ll be keeping it up to date.

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WHAT WE KNOW

JJ Abrams

1. The Release Date
Star Wars Episode VII is due for release on December 18, 2015. It’s like an early Christmas present for your eyes.

2. The Script Is Complete
J.J. Abrams is directing, from a script that he has written with Lawrence Kasdan. Original writer Michael Arndt was swapped out for the director and his Star Wars veteran co-writer last October. Abrams recently reported that he has finished work on the script so can now focus on the seventy bajillion other things he needs to lock before the film hits screens.

3. The Score
John Williams will score Episode VII, because we live in a civilised society and there are rules. Regular Abrams collaborator Michael Giacchino had been rumoured when the director was first announced, but he was the very first to say that Williams should return.


4. The Shoot
Shooting is reportedly set to start in Pinewood in May, and finish some time in September. But parts of the production will take place at Abrams' Bad Robot base in LA, which has had a performance capture and sound studio upgrade recently. This means that Abrams won't be away from his family for long periods, but the shoot is officially UK based. The film will also use real locations rather than rely on the heavy green-screen of the Prequels.

5. The Stock And Crew
The movie will shoot on 35mm film – not IMAX and not in 3D, it appears. In crew terms, key figures include director of photography Dan Mindel, production designers Rick Carter and Darren Gilford, costume man Michael Kaplan, special effects guru Chris Corbould, sound designer Ben Burtt (a Star Wars legend) and VFX whizz Roger Guyett. Chances are that Abrams or Star Wars fans will recognise all these names, since they're either franchise veterans or regular collaborators of the director's.

6. The New Story
This is not an adaptation of any existing Expanded Universe story – so fans of Timothy Zahn's books should try to clear their mind-canon. However, the original idea for the film (which may have changed in the scripting) was based on an outline by George Lucas. There have been reports of an outline for a third trilogy many times over the years, and most have involved another member of the Skywalker family.

7. The Cast

R2D2

R2D2 will return. That is the only confirmed cast member at the time of writing.

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L: crypticmirror We also know: There will be a lot of lens flare, because it is Abrams. Most of the interior shots will be in a white set, because it is Abrams. There will be a red ball of some sort, because it is Abrams. The plot, whatever it ends up being, will be very thin with dialogue included only to move the scene towards the next explosion/pointless fight, because it is Abrams. Female characters will be included only to titillate male viewers, because it is Abrams. A huge chunk of the potential viewership will give the movies a miss, because the only person worse than George Lucas at handling science fiction is...yes you guessed it...JJ Abrams. Some people will hope it is a success though, because they hope that it might mean that the next Star TREK movie won't have Abrams. Their hopes will be in vain, because....Abrams. a pretentious post. I'm sure you're great fun at parties. More

Posted by thelas on Wednesday February 26, 2014, 23:13

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We also know: There will be a lot of lens flare, because it is Abrams. Most of the interior shots will be in a white set, because it is Abrams. There will be a red ball of some sort, because it is Abrams. The plot, whatever it ends up being, will be very thin with dialogue included only to move the scene towards the next explosion/pointless fight, because it is Abrams. Female characters will be included only to titillate male viewers, because it is Abrams. A huge chunk of the potential viewership will give the movies a miss, because the only person worse than George Lucas at handling science fiction is...yes you guessed it...JJ Abrams. Some people will hope it is a success though, because they hope that it might mean that the next Star TREK movie won't have Abrams. Their hopes will be in vain, because....Abrams. More

Posted by crypticmirror on Friday February 21, 2014, 13:19

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Can't say where I know this from, but they may be shooting in Turkey. More

Posted by Stuntgoat on Tuesday February 18, 2014, 22:15

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"The film will also use real locations rather than rely on the heavy green-screen of the Prequels." I like this. More

Posted by 7eke on Tuesday February 18, 2014, 14:38

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Let's take a stab based on the rumours: Saorise Ronan - Late-teen female, independent, good sense of humour, fit. Jesse Plemons - Young twenty-something male, witty and smart, fit but not traditionally good looking. Michael B Jordan - A late twentysomething male, fit, handsome and confident. Gary Oldman - Seventy-something male, with strong opinions and tough demeanour. Also doesn’ t need to be particularly fit. ??? - A second young female, also late teens, tough, smart and fit. Sullivan Stapleton? Forty something male, fit, military type. Matt Smith - Thirtysomething male, intellectual. Apparently doesn’t need to be fit. More

Posted by sifter132 on Tuesday February 18, 2014, 09:23

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