Star Wars Episode 7 Cast: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.
Filming began in April 2014, and will move to Pinewood Studios in England in the following month, with a scheduled release date of December 18, 2015. It forms the first part of the planned third trilogy of Star Wars films, following chronologically in the series 35 years after 1983’s Return of the Jedi. It will be the first Star Wars film produced since The Walt Disney Company acquired ownership of Lucasfilm.
J. J. Abrams will direct the film based on a screenplay written by himself and Lawrence Kasdan, who acted as co writer on The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Originally, Academy Award winning screenwriter Michael Arndt was attached to pen the screenplay after writing a 40-50 page treatment. Arndt has since dropped out of the production, and did not receive production credit. Producers include Kathleen Kennedy and Abrams’ long time collaborator Bryan Burk. Star Wars creator George Lucas will act as creative consultant on Episode VII (and other new Star Wars films).
Set approximately thirty five years after Return of the Jedi and the demise of Darth Vader, the plot centers around a trio of young leads, along with characters from the previous installments. Episodes VII–IX will not feature any of the storylines or characters from the Expanded Universe, though elements could be included to become canon.