Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn recently spoke at Loyola Marymount University and According to Mr. Horn, casting is for the most part done and locked down, but also filming has already begun.
For months upon months now there has been an endless string of rumors about who is or who is not going to be cast and when filming may begin and now it seems some major steps have been taken.
J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan took over writing the script from Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt in late 2013. When Mr. horn was asked if the script for Episode VII was now complete, Horn’s reply was: “It actually is now.” Mr. Horn also confirmed that Episode VII will take place some 30 years after Jedi.
Horn also let it be known that, “It’s all about the screenplay. It has to be screenplay, screenplay, screenplay.” It’s nice to see that emphasis was put on the screenplay after the prequel films were considered by most fans and movie critiques to be lacking.
Mr. Horn would not give out any details of who has been cast or for what roles, he did confirmed that they’re almost done with the process. “We have a lot of them. We’re just not completely done yet.”
Filming was thought to begin later this year on May 14th, but according to Mr. Horn some shooting of the film has actually gotten underway. “We’re actually shooting some of it now.”
Hearing this from the Disney chairman makes this Star Wars fan a little bit happier. Granted they still have not released an official list of actors and the roles they maybe playing, but I will take this as the best news so far. I will go on an assumption that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will be a part of that cast, for them not to be would be a major crime.
With Abrams directing I’m willing to bet very little about the plot will ever be known fully until the movie itself has hit theaters on December 18, 2015.
Most likely we will have to be patient and let the “force” guide us until then.