This article will be updated frequently and it’ll be only about officially confirmed Star Wars: Episode 7 news. No rumors and speculations will be included…
37. (March 20, 2014)
Star Wars: Episode VII Will Have an IMAX Release.
IMAX Corporation and The Walt Disney Studios announced an agreement to release several of Disney’s upcoming films in IMAX® theatres under an extension of the companies’ long-running relationship, including Episode 7
36. (March 18, 2014)
Episode 7 to Take Place 30 Years After ROTJ.
Disney and Lucasfilm announced that principal photography on Star Wars: Episode VII will commence May 2014, and will be based at London’s historic Pinewood Studios.
It has also been confirmed that Star Wars: Episode VII is set about 30 years after the events of ROTJ, and will star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces.
35. (February 6, 2014)
Gary Oldman Was Contacted for a Role in Episode 7.
Actor Gary Oldman admitted he had been in discussions for an unspecified role in Episode 7.
“They’ve called,” said Oldman. “I don’t know if its, er … You know, I’m more cynical about it now. I’ll believe it when I’m on the plane home. The deal isn’t done, but yeah, they’ve inquired. I mean Planet of the Apes, Harry Potter, Batman and Star Wars … bloody hell!”
34. (February 1, 2014)
Zac Efron Confirms he Met Episode 7 Producers.
Speaking to MTV, the actor said he was keen to join the cast but had not yet been told whether he had got the role.
“I just went and met with [the producers]. So I don’t know. It would be cool. I love [the Star Wars movies], I love them, but…who knows?”
33. (January 22, 2014)
Mark Hamill on his Episode 7 Involvement.
During his first Reddit AMA Mark Hamill was asked:
Q: Apparently Carrie Fisher let it slip that you guys will be in Episode 7, any response?
A: The only character I know for sure is returning is my friend R2-D2. He hasn’t stopped beeping about it.
Q: How much are you allowed to tell us about your involvement in the upcoming Star Wars movies?
A: Haha. I’m not being coy, really. When I find something out, I’ll let everybody know. But nothing has been decided yet.
32. (January 19, 2014)
J.J. Abrams on Episode 7 Script, 3D, Filming and Jesse Plemons.
“We’re working really hard and we’ve got our script and we’re in deep prep,” Abrams said. “Full steam ahead, y’know.”
“He (Jesse Plemons) is one of the actors that we’ve talked to, yeah,” Abrams said.
He was also asked about whether he’d like to shoot the new films in IMAX, and said he plans to shoot “Episode VII” on film.
“In the right situation I would,” like to shoot in IMAX, he said. “The problem with IMAX is it’s a very loud camera. It’s a very unreliable camera. Only so much film can be in the camera. You can’t really do intimate scenes with it. It’s slow. They break down often. Having said that, they’re working on digital versions of these and so there may be a version one day. But we’re going to be shooting this next movie on film.”
Abrams was also discussing the idea of shooting the films in 3D.
“Yeah, I’m not like a 3D fanatic,” he says. “I did feel pressure to do it on Star Trek Into Darkness, but ultimately I understood why it was important to the studio. I was actually really glad in the long run that we did it that way, and I think it worked all right.”
31. (January 30, 2014)
Kathleen Kennedy on Star Wars Canon and Spin-Off Movies.
Asked if she was concerned about the possibility of the spin-offs distorting the story threads laid down in the original saga, she says the universe ceased by series creator George Lucas was large enough to contain “endless opportunities” for new content”
“George was so clear as to how that works. The canon that he created was the Star Wars saga. Right now, Episode VII falls within that canon. The spin-off movies, or we may come up with some other way to call those films, they exist within that vast universe that he created,” she says.
“There is no attempt being made to carry characters (from the standalone films) in and out of the saga episodes. Consequently, from the creative standpoint, it’s a roadmap that George made pretty clear,” she adds.
30. (January 7, 2014)
Leland Chee from Lucasfilm Story Group Talks Star Wars Canon.
Leland Chee is a Lucasfilm official. He is the person who maintains the Holocron continuity database which is used internally by Lucas Licensing to keep track of all of the fictional elements created for the Star Wars universe. He will be one of several people responsible for developing one new cohesive Star Wars canon.
Another member of the gtoup is Pablo Hidalgo. The Story Group has a hand in all facets of Star Wars storytelling, including movies, TV, games, and publishing.
29. (December 13, 2013)
Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn on Star Wars.
Disney expects to get script for Star Wars 7 in January. No budget for the movie although studio wouldn’t be surprised if it costs $200 million.
Lucasfilm will release a new “Star Wars” sequel or spin off every year, starting with 2015′s “Star Wars: Episode VII.”
George Lucas remains on board as a consultant to the sci-fi franchise he created. “We are proceeding as the folks who own the company, but he’s George Lucas and I’m sure we’ll be in converastions with him” as new movies in the series are developed and produced, Horn said.
28. (November 19, 2013)
A Fan Made R2-D2 Was Confirmed to Appear in Star Wars: Episode 7.
After Bad Robot posted on Twitter the first official image from Pinewood Studios featuring R2-D2 the character was officially announced:
The first behind-the-scenes photo from Star Wars: Episode VII hit Twitter last Thursday, featuring director J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and a certain blue and white astromech droid — who StarWars.com can now confirm will indeed be in the film.
Meet Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples, Star Wars fans and members of the worldwide R2-D2 Builders Club. They create fully functioning, film-accurate astromech droids like the R2-D2 seen in the photo, and they’re officially part of the Creature Effects team for Star Wars: Episode VII.
27. (November 8, 2013)
Official Release Date Announced – December 18, 2015. The movie will be in 3D. Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios said:
“We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture.”
Shooting is scheduled to begin spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios.
Also Disney confirmed that Episode 7 will be in 3D.
Later Disney CEO Bob Iger said:
This is obviously one of the most important films we are working on right now. One of the things that was very important to us is that we give the creative team, J.J. Abrams and his writing team the time to design, write and produce the film so we can optimize quality, so we can create a great film.
We consider the summer of 2015, but with the changes we made in the writing team that was going to create a bit of of a rush. So Christmas 2015 became the date.
26. (November 6, 2013)
Open Auditions for 2 Lead Roles in the UK and the US.
Open auditions have been announced for two lead roles in the next Star Wars film. They’re taking place in the UK and the US.
Seeking: Young woman to play 17-18 Years old. Must be beautiful, smart and athletic. Open to all ethnicities (including bi- and multi-racial). Must be 16 or over.
Backstory on the character named Rachel:
Was quite young when she lost her parents. With no other family, she was forced to make her way alone in a tough, dangerous town. Now 17 she has become street smart and strong. She is able to take care of herself using humor and guts to get by.
Always a survivor, never a victim, she remains hopeful that she can move away from this harsh existence to a better life. She is always thinking of what she can do to move ahead.
Seeking: Young man to play 19-23 years old. Must be handsome, smart and athletic. Must be 18 or over.
Backstory on the character named Thomas:
Has grown up without a father’s influence. Without the model of being a man, he doesn’t have the strongest sense of himself. Despite this, he is smart, capable and shows courage when it is needed. He can appreciate the absurdities in life and understands you can’t take life too seriously.
25. (October 24, 2013)
Episode 7 Filmmaking Team Announced.
Location scouting, production design, casting, and costume design are already underway on Episode VII. A team of gifted artists are working to bring the latest installment of the Star Wars saga, including director of photography Dan Mindel (Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness), production designers Rick Carter (Lincoln, Avatar, Forrest Gump) and Darren Gilford (Oblivion, TRON: Legacy), costume designer Michael Kaplan (Star Trek Into Darkness, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Fight Club),special effects supervisor Chris Corbould (Skyfall, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception), sound designer Ben Burtt (Lincoln, Wall-E, Star Wars: Episodes I-VI), re-recording mixer Gary Rydstrom (Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, Toy Story, Mission: Impossible -Ghost Protocol), supervising sound editor Matthew Wood (Star Trek Into Darkness, The Master, There Will Be Blood) of Skywalker Sound, and visual effects supervisor Roger Guyett (Star Trek Into Darkness, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith) of Industrial Light & Magic. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Jack Ryan, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.
24. (October 24, 2013)
Episode 7 Starts Filming in Spring 2014. Abrams and Kasdan Doing Rewrites on Arndt’s Script.
Official press release:
As Episode VII continues pre-production, Lawrence Kasdan and director J.J. Abrams have assumed screenwriting duties for the film. Kasdan, who has been serving as a consultant on the film, is a veteran of several classic Lucasfilm productions, writing the screenplay for Raiders of the Lost Ark and serving as co-screenwriter for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Acclaimed director and screenwriter Abrams’ credits include Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Fringe, and Lost.
“I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script,” states Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “There are very few people who fundamentally understand the way a Star Wars story works like Larry, and it is nothing short of incredible to have him even more deeply involved in its return to the big screen. J.J. of course is an incredible storyteller in his own right. Michael Arndt has done a terrific job bringing us to this point and we have an amazing filmmaking and design team in place already prepping for production.” Later Abrams Said:
“It became clear that given the time frame and given the process and the way the thing was going that working with Larry in this way was going to get us where we need to be and when we needed to be. Working with Larry Kasdan, especially on a Star Wars movie is kind of unbeatable.
Working with Michael was a wonderful experience and I couldn’t be a bigger fan of his or adore him more, He’s a wonderful guy and was incredibly helpful in the process. That doesn’t preclude working with Michael again in the future. He is one of the best writers around.”
23. (October 11, 2013)
Michael B. Jordan Confirms Audition.
Reports that Michael B. Jordan had met with J.J. Abrams personally. Later the actor himself confirmed that he indeed went to audition for an unknown role in Star Wars: Episode 7. He said he auditioned for an unspecified part but didn’t wield a lightsaber.
22. (October 4, 2013)
Saoirse Ronan Confirms Episode 7 Audition.
“Yeah, I did audition for Star Wars Episode VII… I don’t know whether I should have said that now! I mean, everyone did. Everyone has auditioned for it. So many people I know have gone in for the part I’ve gone in for, and guys who’ve gone in for a particular part, so I’d imagine J.J. is probably just scanning the earth to find the people that he needs. But nobody has a clue what it’s about, and nobody’s read the script. So I’ve gone in and read for it, but I have to say, I think it’s the only time I’ve ever thought, ‘You know what? Even if I don’t get it, I had so much fun auditioning, pretending to take out a lightsaber – out of a bag, kind of inspect it and not know what it is. That was… that was great. A lightsaber! Star Wars!”
21. (September 26, 2013)
Part of Star Wars: Episode 7 Could be Shot in IMAX.
IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond was addressing investors at a Goldman Sachs conference and made the following comment:
“We are talking to J.J. Abrams test now about the next Star Wars being used with partly IMAX cameras.”
20. (September 7, 2013)
Lucasfilm asking the fans about Alex Pettyfer an Rachel Hurd – Wood.
Lucasfilm employee made a post on the fan site “Obi Wants to Know Me” where they asked the fans for their thoughts on the latest rumors about Alex Pettyfer and Rachel Hurd-Wood being auditioned for Episode 7.
“There have been some Star Wars casting rumors swirling lately and we’d love to hear your thoughts on them.”
19. (September 6, 2013)
Casting call in New York for 3 remaining roles from the previous call sheet.
They’re looking for:
[YOUNG MAN] Early 20s. Handsome, but not necessarily heroic. He is witty and smart. Physically fit.
[MAN] Late 20s. Physically fit, handsome and confident.
[YOUNG WOMAN] Late teens. Physically fit, raw energy, independent and with a great sense of humor.
18. (August 23, 2013)
Star Wars: Episode 7 to be Shot on 35mm Film.
Daniel Mindel who worked with J.J. Abrams on Mission Impossible 3 and Star Trek movies announced that he will shoot Star Wars: Episode 7 on a 35 mm film.
17. (July 28, 2013)
Kathleen Kennedy on Episode 7 locations and special effects.
“It’s a conversation we’re having all the time in the development of Episode VII. Looking at all the Star Wars movies and getting a feel for what even some of the early films did, combining real locations and special effects – that’s something we’re looking very seriously at.”
“So we’re going to find some very cool locations that we’re going to use in support of Episode VII. And I think we’re probably going to end up using every single tool in the toolbox to create the look of these movies.”
16. (July 27, 2013)
John Williams confirmed to score Episode 7.
John Williams, the legendary composer who crafted the iconic, sweeping music of all six films in the Star Wars saga, is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy announced today at Star Wars Celebration Europe.
Williams, whose career spans over six decades, has won five Academy Awards and has scored some of the most popular and critically acclaimed films of all time, including Jaws, the Indiana Jones series, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Lincoln, and countless others.
15. (July 24, 2013)
Disney denies rumors of J.J. Abrams exiting the franchise.
“There is no truth to the rumor. J.J. is having a great time working on the script and is looking forward to going into production next year.”
14. (June 21, 2013)
Episode 7 to be filmed at Pinewood Studios in the UK.
The studio known as the home of the James Bond franchise has also hosted such productions as Les Miserables and was expected to get the new Star Wars film, which is expected to start shooting in early 2014.
13. (June 19, 2013)
Casting call sheet reveals 7 character details.
Young twenty-something male, witty and smart, fit but not traditionally good looking.
A late twentysomething male, fit, handsome and confident.
Late-teen female, independent, good sense of humour, fit.
A second young female, also late teens, tough, smart and fit.
Forty something male, fit, military type.
Thirtysomething male, intellectual. Apparently doesn’t need to be fit.
Seventy-something male, with strong opinions and tough demeanour. Also doesn’ t need to be particularly fit.
12. (June 17, 2013)
George Lucas on J.J. Abrams and Episode 7.
“Yeah, [I’m excited]. J.J.’s a great director and we’re friends,” George told Access Hollywood, when asked if he’s looking forward to J.J.’s films. “I think he understands the whole thing and how it works. And if he doesn’t, [Lucasfilms president] Kathy [Kennedy] will keep it straight,” he added with a laugh.
As for his own involvement in the next three films, George said he won’t be doing “much.” “If they need help or anything, they’ll give me a call,” he said. “Otherwise, I’m off on my own.”
11. (June 14, 2013)
Star Wars: Episode 7 adds concept artists Doug Chiang and Iain McCaig!
Chiang was already an Academy Award-winning art director and the creative director at ILM when he was selected by George Lucas to serve as the design director for Episode I. Chiang also served as concept design supervisor for Episode II, and his other screen credits include production designer for The Polar Express, Beowulf, Disney’s A Christmas Carol and Mars Needs Moms.
McCaig is best known for his landmark designs for Darth Maul and Queen Amidala. As one of the principal designers on Star Wars Episodes I, II, and III, his art helped create hundreds of iconic characters, creatures, costumes, and story sequences for the galactic saga. McCaig’s other film credits include Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, John Carter of Mars, and Outlander (which he co-produced), as well as Marvel’s The Avengers and their forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy.
10. (May 19, 2013)
Costume designer Michael Kaplan joins Star Wars: Episode 7.
He won accolades for Best Costume Design by the 1983 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards for his costume design work in Blade Runner, the first theatrically-released film he worked on as costume designer.
Other film projects that Kaplan has worked on are: Flashdance, Seven, The Game, Panic Room, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, Miami Vice, I Am Legend, J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, Star Trek: Into Darkness and plenty more.
09. (May 11, 2013)
Production of Star Wars: Episode 7 will take place in the United Kingdom.
“We’ve devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I’m thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that,” said Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm. “Speaking from my own longstanding connection to the UK with films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Empire of the Sun and recently War Horse, it’s very exciting to be heading back.”
08. (April 18, 2013)
Official release date.
Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm announced at CinemaCon in Las Vegas that Star Wars: Episode VII will hit theaters in the summer of 2015 and that every summer after that will offer a “Star Wars” film, alternating with one of the standalone films.
07. (March 7, 2013)
George Lucas on the possible involvement of the original cast.
Asked whether members of the original Star Wars cast will appear in Episode VII and if he called them before the deal closed to keep them informed, Lucas says, “We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison—or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation. So I called them to say, ‘Look, this is what’s going on.’?” He pauses. “Maybe I’m not supposed to say that. I think
they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them.” Then he adds: “I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not.”
06. (February 20, 2013)
Mark Hamill reveals what’s his involvement so far.
First off, will he appear in Star Wars VII? “They’re talking to us. George [Lucas] wanted to know whether we’d be interested. He did say that if we didn’t want to do it, they wouldn’t cast another actor in our parts – they would write us out. … I can tell you right away that we haven’t signed any contracts. We’re in the stage where they want us to go in and meet with Michael Arndt, who is the writer, and Kathleen Kennedy, who is going to run Lucasfilm. Both have had meetings set that were postponed — on their end, not mine. They’re more busy than I am.
And another thing I’d want to make sure of is are we going to have the whole gang back? Is Carrie and Harrison and Billy Dee and Tony Daniels, everybody that’s around from the original [returning]? I want to make sure that everybody’s on board here, rather than just one.”
05. (February 5, 2013)
Writers Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg hired to write spin-off movies.
Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that his company has lined up with writers Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg to work on stand-alone Star Wars movies. They will also consult on Episode 7. Iger told CNBC that the pair are “working on films derived from great Star Wars characters that are not part of the overall saga, so we still plan to make Star Wars VII, VIII and IX roughly over a six-year period of time starting in 2015. But there are going to be a few other films released in that period of time, too.”
Kasdan previously worked on The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the Jedi, The Bodyguard, Wyatt Earp etc. Simon Kinberg worked on XXX, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, X-Men: Last Stand, Jumper, Sherlock Holmes, X-Men: Days of Future Past.
04. (January 30, 2013)
Kathleen Kennedy reveals how she persuaded J.J. Abrams to come aboard.
She already had called Beth Swofford, Abrams’ CAA agent, and been told Abrams was too deeply engaged in the next Star Trek movie and other obligations at Paramount — not to mention innumerable television projects — to consider the job. Nonetheless, Abrams agreed to meet with Kennedy on Dec. 14 at his Bad Robot offices in Santa Monica. Famously plain-spoken, she
summarizes her pitch like this: “Please do Star Wars.” And she had cards to play. Not only was Oscar winner Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) writing the script, but Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back and 1983’s Return of the Jedi, was on board to consult. Abrams “was flipping out when he found out that Michael and Larry were on the movie
already,” says Kennedy.
Abrams tells THR, “I learned firsthand how incredible and persuasive she is.” Some — but not all —of his reservations were dispelled. “The thing about any pre-existing franchise — I’d sort of done that,” he says. “But when I met with Kathy, it was suddenly very tantalizing.”
Kennedy, Abrams and the writers met secretly for about three hours Dec. 19, and “J.J. was just on the ceiling when I walked out the door,” she recalls. But still, she says, Abrams had “very genuine concerns” about his obligations elsewhere and the impact on his wife and three kids, given the likelihood that the film would not be shot in Los Angeles. And then there was the unique nature of the franchise. “If there was any pause on J.J.’s part, it was the same pause everybody has — including myself — stepping into this,” she says. “Which is, it’s daunting.”
03. (January 24, 2013)
It was announced that J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode 7.
“It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie,” said Kennedy. “J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.”
George Lucas went on to say “I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.”
“To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honor,” J.J. Abrams said. “I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.”
J.J., his longtime producing partner Bryan Burk, and Bad Robot are on board to produce along with Kathleen Kennedy under the Disney | Lucasfilm banner.
Also consulting on the project are Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg. Kasdan has a long history with Lucasfilm, as screenwriter on The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Return of the Jedi. Kinberg was writer on Sherlock Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
Abrams previously worked on Star Trek, Super 8, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, and Star Trek: Into Darkness.
02. (November 9, 2012)
Award winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay for Episode 7.
Arndt won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for writing Little Miss Sunshine , and was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for writing Toy Story 3. He also did the screenplay for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Oblivion. Episode 7 pre-production has officially begun.
01. (October 30, 2012)
The Walt Disney Company has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4.05 billion.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm George Lucas made the following statement:
“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next. It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I’m confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. Disney’s reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products.”
Kathleen Kennedy, current Co-Chairman of Lucasfilm, will become President of Lucasfilm, reporting to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. Additionally she will serve as the brand manager for Star Wars, working directly with Disney’s global lines of business to build, further integrate, and maximize the value of this global franchise. Ms. Kennedy will serve as executive producer on new Star Wars feature films, with George Lucas serving as creative consultant. Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.