That’s right, the seventh film in the Star Wars saga is officially set to begin filming in May of 2014 at the Pinewood Studios in London! Star Wars Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams, the man who brought us the Star Trek reboot films as well as popular TV series like Lost and Fringe. The official Star Wars website has noted the initial day of principle photography for the previous films and it looks like the new one will begin just a month shy of 11 years after Revenge of the Sith (June 30th, 2003).

The site also notes that Star Wars Episode VII will take place roughly 30 years after Return of the Jedi and while we will see some familiar, though aged faces, the film will focus on three younger characters. Rumors have swirled that these characters will be the children of Luke, Han and Leia but no officially word on the validity of those guesses. According to the expanded universe, Luke has a son Ben while Leia and Han have two sons, Jacen and Anakin, as well as a daughter, Jaina.

Star Wars Episode VII is slated for a December 18th, 2015 release date.

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