Could Star Wars: Episode VII start shooting over the next couple of weeks?
The usually reliable Jedi News seems to think so, reporting from “a very trusted source” that director J. J. Abrams will rolling cameras on the anticipated film this August. They also report that pre-production for the film has been going on for the past several months, which would confirm various rumors that have been circulating on the status of the production.
If true, it is worth noting that outside of the returning Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and possibly Billy Dee Williams, we have not heard an official announcements of new cast for the film. So if this start of production date is accurate, it leads me to believe that we will probably get a reveal of the entire cast at Disney’s D23 Expo August 9 through the 11. We’ll know soon enough.
Also of interest in the report is that Disney has booked studio space at Pinewood for the next ten years, which indicates that the studio is rather bullish on their plans to release a new Star Wars film every year, starting with 2015’s Episode VII.