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Star Wars Episode VII begins filming

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The long awaited next chapter in the Star Wars saga, Episode VII, has begun filming despite reports that casting is still ongoing.

Disney chairman, Alan Horn, said in an interview at the Loyola Maymount School of Film and Television in Los Angeles that, although director J.J. Abrams is still looking for much of the film's cast, some of it has already begun shooting, this in spite of speculation that filming would begin next month.

As Abrams prefers to keep the details of his films under wraps, (if you ever get the chance to see how he covered up Star Trek you'll understand what we mean), and any discerning fan could agree that in this context it's preferable to be subtle, no names have actually been dropped, of course, we can all run on the assumption that Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill will be reprising their coveted roles. Of course, they won't be playing the leads this time around.

The film is said to be taking place three decades after the events of Return Of The Jedi which premiered in 1983, and so far consideration has been cast on Ed Speleers, John Boyega, Jesse Plemons, Mathew James Thomas, and Ray Fisher for the lead part according to Variety.

What's truly exciting about this, is that the film is set to hit theaters in December of next year, just in time for the holiday season, which is astoundingly soon when you think about it. Barring any unforeseen consequences, we should be getting still images by late this year, and maybe even a few teaser trailers in January, but that's a still length away to be hopeful for at this time.

The script is co-written by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams, but again, at this time, we have no further details to share with you. Given the nature of the film, and the almost imponderable disaster that was Episode I-III, I think we can unanimously agree that anyone looking forward to seeing it would rather keep it in the dark until the last minute. It's just more fun if we don't know what to expect at all.

Regardless, the line out the theaters will likely stretch miles, so it's best if you keep your finger on the trigger when advance tickets finally go on sale, and stay off the internet (because, massive spoilers will be coming) until you watch it if you don't see it on opening day.

Until then, that's all we have for you, movie fans. Run wild.