It’s hard to believe, but a new live-action Star Wars film has just wrapped production. I know! It’s crazy! A few years ago we didn’t even think something like this was possible, but amid insane fan theories and rumors about the movie’s plot, who would be in it, which roles the new actors will have, and dozens more, director J.J. Abrams managed to keep his head down and complete principal photography. I wouldn’t say he did it without keeping his Mystery Box completely closed, since many details have leaked that – while still not confirmed by Disney/Lucasfilm – are bound to end up being true. But all things considered, the filmmakers were able to keep a lid on a few big surprises.
Now that it’s over (well, aside from some reshoots that will probably pop up, since most films of this size build in contingency plans for things like that), Abrams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and producer Bryan Burke have sent a letter to the crew thanking them for their service, and you can read that below thanks to James Rose:
In case you can’t read the letter from the photo, here’s a more readable version of the text:
To the Extraordinary Cast and Crew of Episode VII:
It is a true honor and absolute joy to come to set every day and work alongside each of you. Your professionalism, passion and patience is more deeply appreciated than we could ever express. From the deserts of Abu Dhabi, to the Forest of Dean, to the stages of Pinewood, you have risen to every challenge and been as wonderfully kind as you are brilliantly talented. Our ambition here is large, of course, and it must be: we are here to make a film that entertains millions of people, of all ages, for generations. To create an experience people will cherish watching as much as we will cherish having made it, together. How lovely it would be if you had, in addition to your name on the screen, some actual real tangible proof that you were part of it! Here, then, is that proof. Wear it well, wear it healthily, wear it proudly. But, mostly, thank you.
The tangible proof they mention is a hat with “VII” emblazoned on it, which you can barely see at the top of the image above.
Star Wars: Episode VII arrives in theaters on December 18th, 2015, and you can bet we’re going to be talking about it a LOT more between now and then.
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