We’ve been under the impression that the reason production on Star Wars: Episode VII has not started yet was because director J J Abrams had not finished casting the film yet. But according to Disney studio chief Alan Horn, the exact opposite is happening – filming has already begun but casting still has yet to be finalized for all roles.
Speaking at Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television in Los Angeles, as part of their ongoing Hollywood Masters series last week, Horn revealed that while they have many of the film’s main actors “in place” they are “just not completely done yet.” He also stated that
We should note Horn’s almost off-handed delivery of “We’re actually shooting some of it now,” suggests that this might not be main principal photography but possibly some second-unit stuff. Or Abrams could already be shooting some scenes involving actors we know are involved with the project – Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, the stars of the classic original Star Wars trilogy.
Horn also confirmed that the film would pick up the sage of a galaxy far, far away 35 years after Return Of The Jedi, fortuitous as it has been about that long since that film came out.
Via Hollywood Reporter.