Kathleen Kennedy: We Are 3 Weeks From Finishing Star Wars: Episode 7!

Kathleen Kennedy

A new ILM studio was officially opened on Wednesday in London. The ceremony was attended by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy who revealed that we’re only 3 weeks away from the end of the Episode VII filming…



From THR:

According to ILM London’s director of operations Sue Lyster, the facility is already working on the effects for Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man and Star Wars: Episode VII.


Speaking at the event, Kennedy recalled meeting U.K. government representatives in February last year to discuss filming the latest Star Wars in London, revealing that Disney was now just “three weeks off” finishing the film and hinting that further titles in the franchise would be shot in the city.


“This continues a long tradition of Star Wars movies being made in London. It goes back to 1976, and to know that we are now coming back and we will be making the movies once again based out of Pinewood, and now we’re looking to put together this studio, it’s rather remarkable that this has all come together in less than two years,” she said.


As you might recall there were rumors suggesting that the movie is expected to wrap filming in late September. Because of the scheduled few weeks hiatus (due to Harrison Ford’s injury), a delay by one month is understandable, and it appears that everything is moving according to plan.


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59 thoughts on “Kathleen Kennedy: We Are 3 Weeks From Finishing Star Wars: Episode 7!

  • October 16, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Sooo you giving us a trailer in a few months or nah? Maybe even a few posters?

    • October 16, 2014 at 5:24 pm

      Trailers? Posters? All I want is a name!!!

      • October 16, 2014 at 5:40 pm

        You right you right

      • October 16, 2014 at 9:15 pm

        Then you shall have a name. We will call you…Spuggles.

        • October 17, 2014 at 6:55 am

          Great name!!!

          • October 17, 2014 at 10:34 am

            Spuggles, use your name or no power converters for you!

          • October 17, 2014 at 11:51 am

            Star Wars Episode VII


    • October 17, 2014 at 10:31 am

      We will probably get a teaser trailer during the super bowl.

  • October 16, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    I can’t wait

  • October 16, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    I think the most we’ll get out of them is a 20 second teaser with the title and theme music, but that’s quite enough for me! I can’t wait to hear what the name of this next installment will be.

  • October 16, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Someone mentioned John Williams being close to orchestrating. Assuming they meant close to writing. It would be strange to have finished writing an entire score before filming even wrapped. Especially considering the flexible schedule.

    Owe, and if any of you are seeing the first screening of Interstellar in 70mm (film) 11/4, you may have a surprise waiting for you in the previews.

    • October 16, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      What do you mean by “first screening”? Like it’s only available opening night?

    • October 16, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      What did you mean ?

    • October 16, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      Just as he did with Episode I, I’m sure JW will have something special lined up. I hope they include the mormon tabernacle choir again for a sweet Duel of Fates type moment again. I know that if I was JW then I would have been humming a few things over the past few years, teasing myself with the idea of a sequel score. I cannot wait to hear the thunderous march of the imperials theme variation that will without a doubt have presence.

  • October 16, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Kathleen Kennedy. Kiri Hart. Sue Lyster. I’m so pleasantly surprised to see women in influential roles in this franchise. 🙂

    Wow. I just went to Lucasfilm’s website. Nine out of 18 employees listed in the “Our Team” section are women! Did I just step into the future…. or the distant past? ^_^

    • October 16, 2014 at 6:37 pm


    • October 16, 2014 at 6:56 pm


      • October 16, 2014 at 8:15 pm

        Just commented on something I noticed. I know a lot of people like to play this off like it’s not a big deal, but you don’t often see so many females in prominent roles in a company like Lucasfilm. The film industry is extremely male dominated, so I find this to be a breath of fresh air. I say that as a male.

        Between this and all the female roles cast for Episode VII, I’m very excited for women’s future, both in this business and in our global culture.

        • October 16, 2014 at 9:40 pm

          Yeah, this is really a step in the right direction for women all around the world, ain’t it?

          … You’ve got to be kidding me. I’m sure that oppressed women in middle eastern countries and other third world cultures would have a little something to say. That is, if they even knew what it was you were referring to. They need support so much more than a film producer in the US making six figures like Miss Kennedy.

          • October 17, 2014 at 7:30 am

            Wow. No kidding.

            I never said this would solve serious women’s problems, but the world definitely needs more examples of strong female characters in our collective storytelling. Princess Leia was such a revolutionary and inspirational character in pop culture. I hope Daisy and the others take it to the next level.

    • October 16, 2014 at 7:14 pm

      Yet all of the films (and spin offs) are male directed. At least for the foreseeable future.

      • October 16, 2014 at 7:27 pm

        And how exactly would you know this, having never even seen a trailer for EpVII, let alone any of the other future films?

        • October 16, 2014 at 9:24 pm

          Well…because they have actually announced a male director for Episode 8, and we already know JJ is directing episode 7….which isn’t exactly news.

          • October 16, 2014 at 9:35 pm

            So, the announcement of two directors is what’s driving you to the conclusion that Star Wars will be a male chauvinistic franchise, “At least for the foreseeable future?”
            Do people even realize how absolutely ridiculous it is to spend time worrying about this bullshit? There are so many more issues in the world who’s causes are in need of support. The arrogance of the modern US feminist movement baffles me.

          • October 16, 2014 at 10:43 pm

            No, that is not at all what I am saying. Someone stated that SW was still being directed by males for the foreseeable future…and you asked how they could possibly know that. I replied that we know that because the DIRECTORS announced for the foreseeable future (aka announced so far) are both MALE. You made up everything else that you seem to think I am saying I was simply answering your question that we know they will be directed by males, because they have actually TOLD us they are being directed by males. Now….settle down and stop putting words in my mouth…jeez louise!

    • October 16, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      Don’t worry….theyre working on gettig the problem of being over-staffed with women, corrected ASAP.


    • October 17, 2014 at 1:43 am

      If your really interested in Star Wars then as some have already mentioned, who the company is directed by is of little importance (i.e male/female). What is important is that they do a good job!

      If the women do a good job… good on them. If they do a bad job well… shame on them.

      And this last statement applies in the same way to men, should they be in charge, of anything Star Wars related.

      • October 17, 2014 at 7:40 am

        Obviously the top priority should be in providing the best Star Wars content possible, but shouldn’t have to be one or the other. You can have both. Women should have a greater role in Star Wars, on and off the screen. It’s their story, too.

  • October 16, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    I think the only “preview” we’re gonna have will be the next may th 4th

    • October 16, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      Or half a month before! During the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim!

      • October 16, 2014 at 8:10 pm

        I’ll be there! Hope some news is revealed to any degree. I’m just worried that the majority of the convention will be centered around Rebels. Either way, I’m still looking forward to it. Should be a blast!

        • October 17, 2014 at 2:44 am

          Aside from having to wait almost 9 months between SWCelebration and the film, which has never happened in the past (The event was always within a month of the film’s release, hence the “Celebration”.)

          Sorry, I’m just a little bitter about that. Granted, they (Disney) were originally planning for a May release. Now, it’s just a massive gap of time.

  • October 16, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    They should have finished by now unless that break was longer than they told us or they also stopped production for a while after Ford´s accident.

  • October 16, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    They’re not gonna give us a trailer until the music-man has given them a sweet soundtrack.
    A star wars teaser with no music? come on! Patience

    seriously we’re talking about another year of waiting, we should seriously find something else to do with our lives before the entire plot synopsis leaks out six months early (SPOILER turns out Darth Vader in the final duel was a clone of anakin and the real darth vader was someone else. Chewbacca is Luke’s Father after all)

    • October 16, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      They could always use an iconic classic theme from the saga. What better way to perk up the ears of a theater audience?

    • October 16, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      If I remember right, I saw the first teaser to EpII and it had very limited music if any at all. Just flashes of scenes. Should have music.

  • October 16, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    That means we could get Star wars 7 this December??????????? omg JOY-gasm..

    • October 16, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      Yeah if you want a version of the film with unfinished visual effects and a non-completed soundtrack that is..

      • October 16, 2014 at 7:47 pm

        No Star Wars trailer (save maybe the first) has used original music. They’ve all used the main theme(s) and sound fx. Surely you know that.

  • October 16, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Once we get past that ‘one year away’ mark for Episode 7, then it won’t feel so far off. Right now, we still have 14 months til opening night, as it feels like forever!

    • October 16, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      Screw the 14 months. I’m counting down to December 18th, 2014! %8-B

      Break it down. In just TWO days it’ll be just TWO months. I’ll go outside, check the weather and pretend I’m in line waiting for VII tix. From there, it’s just an EASY little one something or other….

      • October 17, 2014 at 8:41 am

        You made me realize!
        What’s important is not when episode VII opens…
        it’s when the LINEUPS start!

        So, when do the lineups start?

  • October 16, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Sweet! Hopefully that means the subtitle will be revealed soon. That’s all I need

  • October 16, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    They often edit these things together with a ‘temp track’ as a placeholder for the real music. There’s plenty of exisiting music they could use in any teaser trailer.

    Awesome to think principle filming has almost wrapped, never thought I would see another brand new Star Wars after Episode III finished. Honestly thought that door had closed until the Disney sale. Thank you GL for doing the right thing. Shame it wasn’t when the original cast were 10 years younger.

    • October 16, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      Would Harrison had been interested ten years ago?

  • October 16, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    coming soon…..

  • October 16, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    The first spinoff is scheduled to shoot next May at Pinewood. I wish LF would just tell us what it will be.

    But no, they have to milk the EP7 news all the way. I just hope we learn what it is by the end of this year.

    • October 17, 2014 at 7:06 am

      The first spin-off is Boba-fett this has been told by them already…

  • October 17, 2014 at 12:15 am

    I know Kathy personally and will call her “Kath” from here onwards. This jives with your rumored timeline for wrapping up what I assume is principal photography by the end of October.

  • October 17, 2014 at 3:20 am

    Almost got a new Star Wars movie in the can, people!

  • October 17, 2014 at 4:58 am

    Not to mention reshoots!

  • October 17, 2014 at 5:32 am

    What would happen if on opening day the crawl comes up and all we get is George Lucas sitting in a bathrobe, smoking a cigar and laughing manically for 2 hours? I think we all deserve it honestly for the way we treated him and Jar Jar.

    • October 17, 2014 at 6:40 am

      THAT would be a far better movie than Attack of the Clones…

      • October 17, 2014 at 12:02 pm

        I have to watch that film with a bag over my head so no one recognises me.

        • October 18, 2014 at 9:26 pm

          Attack Of The CGI

    • October 19, 2014 at 9:16 am

      Every one would riot.

  • October 23, 2014 at 8:52 am

    You can defend Jar Jar as a concept but there’s no way to defend him as what he was on screen. He was literally aimed at the lowest common denominator and even then was succesful. Lucas, in on of the PT behind the scenes bits describes Jar Jar as the funniest character they’ve had in Star Wars.

    That can be true, if you have zero sense f humor.

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