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04.06.2014
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Well, isn't this a pleasant surprise! Disney Chairman Alan Horn revealed the news that not only is the screenplay for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII complete and the cast almost there as well, but also that filming has "already begun" on the most anticipated sequel since EPISODE I.

Horn reiterated the fact that STAR WARS: EPISODE VII will be set 35 years after RETURN OF THE JEDI and allayed fears about the cast of the movie.

“We have a lot of them [in place],” he said about the main actors, whose names have not been disclosed. “We’re just not completely done yet.”

It remains unknown when we will find out just who is in the movie since most films provide a press release at the beginning of production to herald the movie. The secrecy surrounding STAR WARS: EPISODE VII is obviously much higher than other blockbusters, including the likes of BATMAN VS SUPERMAN and THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. There is a duty to fans of George Lucas' franchise and a responsibility to get this film right after the disappointment many felt with the prequel trilogy. But, Horn said exactly what we hoped when he stated what has taken so long to get STAR WARS: EPISODE VII going.

“It’s all about the screenplay,” he said. “It has to be screenplay, screenplay, screenplay.” Asked if the screenplay was fully where it needed to be, he added: “It actually is now.”

The troubles with the script have been well rumored and include the departure of Michael Arndt when J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan took over. Speculation has that difficulty being the focus on new characters versus the Skywalker clan and vice versa, but with roles changing and potential actors being tested and then dropped from contention, it is almost impossible to know for sure what the hell is going on. All we do know is that the movie has actually begun and we can now truly start counting down the days until STAR WARS: EPISODE VII hits theaters on December 18, 2015.

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6:24AM on 04/09/2014

The toys ...

One of the things I felt ruined episode 1 was that the trailer and the toys showed Darth Maul with his double sided lightsaber. Imagine going in, not knowing, and then wham- double sided- so many peoples heads would have exploded.
One of the things I felt ruined episode 1 was that the trailer and the toys showed Darth Maul with his double sided lightsaber. Imagine going in, not knowing, and then wham- double sided- so many peoples heads would have exploded.
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9:51AM on 04/07/2014
I'm actually okay not knowing who's in it. I wish it could stay that way at least until principal photography is done. Maintain some of that mystery at the source. Not possible, I know. But what do we really have to say if we find out Jesse Plemons and Adam Driver are indeed in this thing? They're both actors on the cusp of fame, but not yet really there. And I hope more like them are in this movie. While someone like Liam Neeson can bring gravitas to the role of a Jedi knight, the Samuel L.
I'm actually okay not knowing who's in it. I wish it could stay that way at least until principal photography is done. Maintain some of that mystery at the source. Not possible, I know. But what do we really have to say if we find out Jesse Plemons and Adam Driver are indeed in this thing? They're both actors on the cusp of fame, but not yet really there. And I hope more like them are in this movie. While someone like Liam Neeson can bring gravitas to the role of a Jedi knight, the Samuel L. Jacksons and Natalie Portmans of this world have enough celebrity baggage that their presence felt distracting in the prequels.
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1:30AM on 04/07/2014
It would be kind of funny if they just shoot the whole thing and manage to keep the entire cast secret until the first teaser. Probably next to impossible, not to mention evil and rage-inducing, but still funny.
It would be kind of funny if they just shoot the whole thing and manage to keep the entire cast secret until the first teaser. Probably next to impossible, not to mention evil and rage-inducing, but still funny.
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11:45PM on 04/06/2014

I'm betting they're gonna be tightlipped on who's in it until the official start. on May 14th or whatever.

They're probably shooting plates, B-roll, or teaser trailer stuff right now. But the day the official shoot begins, we're gonna just a big 'ol WHA-BAM! of an announcement, with cast announcements. Maybe some set pictures.
And then literally nothing else until the first teaser is released in December.
They're probably shooting plates, B-roll, or teaser trailer stuff right now. But the day the official shoot begins, we're gonna just a big 'ol WHA-BAM! of an announcement, with cast announcements. Maybe some set pictures.
And then literally nothing else until the first teaser is released in December.
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10:42PM on 04/06/2014
I just hope the confirmations start rolling in soon. All of these rumors are killing me. Would love to have a final synopsis and who is actually starring in this film.
I just hope the confirmations start rolling in soon. All of these rumors are killing me. Would love to have a final synopsis and who is actually starring in this film.
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