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Upcoming 'Star Wars' movie to pick up 30 years after original trilogy

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Disney and Lucasfilm announced on Tuesday that the upcoming seventh “Star Wars” movie will pick up 30 years following the events that took place in 1983’s “Return of the Jedi.”

Because the timeline shift nearly coincides with the time that has actually passed since the first trilogy’s conclusion, it’s suspected that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher will reprise their roles as Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia.

J.J. Abrams will direct “Star Wars: Episode VII,” which will begin principal photography in May at Pinewood Studios in London.

It was also reported that the new film would feature three new young lead characters, but that no further casting information is available at this time.

“Star Wars: Episode VII” will open on Dec. 18, 2015.

Personal Take

Abrams is known for keeping a tight lid on his projects, so it should come as no surprise that yesterday’s news doesn’t contain very much news.

It is exciting to know that what’s been long rumored – mainly that Fisher, Hamill, and Ford will step into the roles that made them famous – is still probable.

With 639 days – who’s counting? – until “Star Wars: Episode VII” opens, there’s a lot of time left to cover with the news that’s still to come. So why blow it all at once?

With the reigns to two of the most successful science fiction franchises of all time in his hands – “Star Trek” and “Star Wars” – there’s a lot of pressure on Abrams to deliver the goods with the next “Star Wars” installment.

Talk about stress in the workplace.

In light of the mostly disappointing prequel trilogy, it shouldn’t be difficult to improve upon the most recent “Star Wars” movies.

Go get ‘em, J.J.

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