This news comes straight from Big Shiny Robot!
He admits that casting has been difficult and isn't even complete, but that hasn't stopped them from moving ahead.
It makes sense that they'd obscure the fact that production has begun based on the last press release from the film, if nothing else just to avoid leaks, suspicion, and scrutiny. This news should help allay fears that the film won't be done in time if work has been in motion already.
"Episode VII" hits theatres December 18, 2015.
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