It was announced late Tuesday by Disney Studios and Lucasfilm that the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII will begin shooting in May. The setting will also take place 30 years after the events in Return of the Jedi (1983).
So far no casting announcements have been made since it was reported that Girls Adam Driver is in talks to play an unnamed villain.
During Disney’s annual shareholder’s meeting in Portland, Ore., Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger said that “Rumor has it that almost every actor in the world has been cast in this movie, but so far, the official cast member that we’ve confirmed, the only one, is R2D2. Played by R2D2.”
Iger also stated that "There will be some very familiar faces along with a trio of new young leads."
Rumored actors who have met with director J.J. Abrams include Friday Night Lights Jesse Plemons, Downton Abbey Ed Speleers, and according to THR Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.
Star Wars: Episode VII is slated to be released Dec. 18, 2015.