Star Wars VII Everything you need to know – News round up

Published On June 7, 2014 » 837 Views» By Darren Dimmick » Headlines, Movies
With the new Star Wars franchise scheduled to start next year, we bring you everything you need to know so far about this highly anticipated trilogy.

Set 30 years after the Return of the Jedi, Star Wars episode VII will be the first film released since Disney bought Lucas Films.

Over the last few months there has been a lot of speculation about who will, and who will not appear in the movie.  With fans and the studio alike both wanting some of the original actors from the 1977 film to reprise their roles, the question is who is in and who is out?

The great news is the studio got their own way with Mark Hamill returning as Luke Skywalker, Harrison Ford to reprise his role as Han Solo and Carrie Fisher is coming back as Princess Leia Organa, continuing to join the franchise will be Anthony Daniels and C-3PO, Kenny Baker as R2-D2 and Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca.

As well as the firm old favourites the will be joined by Adam Driver, Andy Serkis the man behind the voice of Gollum in the Hobbit franchise and Lord of the rings, along with Lupita Nyong’o who was last seen in the Oscar wining movie 12 years a slave.

Shooting commenced back in the middle of May in Abu Dhabi and will then later this year return to London,  J.J Abrams is now in the directors chair starting to work on what we hope to be a master piece.

This week it was confirmed that James Earl, the man behind the famous voice of Darth Vader will not be returning, he said in an interview,

“I’ve got no illusions that I will or even hankerings to be in them, but I’m very proud to have been part of the original,”

As well as the highly anticipated trilogy that is being directed by J.J Abrams, Disney have also confirmed 3 further spin-off films which are rumoured to be Origins Movies for Hans solo, Yoda and Bounty hunter Boba Fett.  Directors Josh Trank and Gareth Edwards have already been linked to directing these movies.

Whilst a full synopsis has not yet been released Lucas Films Kennedy said in a statement,

‘In order to give maximum creative freedom to the filmmakers and also preserve an element of surprise and discovery for the audience, Star Wars Episodes VII-IX will not tell the same story told in the post-Return of the Jedi Expanded Universe,’ she said in a statement.

‘While the universe that readers knew is changing, it is not being discarded. Creators of new Star Wars entertainment have full access to the rich content of the Expanded Universe.

For now that is all we have, but will be sure to keep you posted on all developments.

Star Wars Episode 7 is expected to be in cinemas on December 18th 2015.

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