One year ago Disney purchased Lucasfilm for roughly $4 billion with the prospect of creating Star Wars: Episode VII, now it looks like that project is coming to fruition. Although a lot is still unknown about the film, it has been confirmed that J.J. Abrams is taking over the head writing position as well as directing the film. Abrams is best known for his work on the films Mission: Impossible III (2006), Super 8 (2011), Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), and television show “Lost” (2004-210). In addition, one of the faces along side J.J. Abram is Lawrence Kasdan who has been involved with the screen writing several Lucasfilm classics including Raiders of the Lost Arc, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy explained that she is “very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script… There are very few people who fundamentally understand the way a Star Wars story works like Larry.”
So far the Disney and Lucasfilm have begun location scouting, production design, casting and costume design. Disney is currently hosting open auditions in the UK for the two lead roles, one male one female. Shooting is scheduled to start in the Spring of 2014 so that it will be ready for theaters in late 2015. It has been Eight years since Lucasfilm has created the last installment of the Star Wars saga, it will be a surprise to see what direction they decide to take this seventh and final film in. Make sure to check back for more updates as this huge project progresses.