Star Wars: Episode VII has started filming

J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams

Disney chairman Alan Horn has admitted J.J. Abrams' 'Star Wars: Episode VII' has already started filming.

'Star Wars: Episode VII' has already begun filming.

J.J. Abrams' sci-fi film was rumoured start shooting in the UK in May, but Alan Horn, Disney's chairman, has now revealed that work has just started on the movie.

He told "We're actually shooting some of it now."

With Abrams trying to keep details of his cast under wraps, Horn declined to reveal any names but he did however admit that while most of the cast has been chosen, it has been the most difficult part of orchestrating the film and there are still decisions yet to be made.

Horn coyly said: "We have a lot of them, it's not completely done yet."

The eagerly-awaited movie is said to be starring 'Girls' actor Adam Driver as the villain, with up-and-coming stars Ed Speleers, John Boyega, Jesse Plemons, Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher all being considered for the lead role.

Lupita Nyong'o has also met with Abrams to discuss taking on a female lead in the upcoming sequel after taking Hollywood by storm last year with her impressive performance in Steve McQueen's Oscar-winning '12 Years A Slave'.

The Disney chairman channelled Grand Master of the Jedi Council Yoda while trying to deflect questions about the plot.

He joked: "Patience, you must have."

The script has been co-written by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams following a draft by 'Toy Story 3' writer Michael Arndt.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • 5 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 136 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
  • Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker
  • UK release: 17 December 2015

From the ashes of the Empire, the villainous First Order rises up to destroy Luke Skywalker (Hamill) – but where is he? Fans can rejoice: Episode VII is sensational and surprisingly emotional, with a finely-crafted script and effects that never overpower the performances. Star Wars is back in a big way.


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