‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Takes Place 30 Years After ‘Return of the Jedi’

By March 18, 2014

Bob Iger, Disney Chairman and COO of The Walt Disney Company, spoke to his shareholders in a meeting today and naturally, the topic of Star Wars: Episode VII came up. Iger didn’t reveal too much information – almost nothing at all, really – but because Disney and Lucasfilm have been notoriously tight-lipped about the J.J. Abrams-directed production, we’ll take what we can get at this point.

Iger revealed that the film will begin principal photography in May in London, and confirmed that the story will pick up about thirty years after the events of Return of the Jedi. That pretty much lines up with the time that’s elapsed between 1983 and now. StarWars.com has a press release that reiterates all of this information, and adds that the film will “star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces.” That sounds as close to a confirmation that Hamill, Fisher, and Ford will return as anything we’ve heard so far, and though the presence of the original trilogy stars in this new movie is pretty much a given at this point, Iger refused to acknowledge it in today’s meeting. He said that the only confirmed cast member is R2-D2, who will be played by R2-D2.

So, like I said, not much “new” information. But at least it’s something, and with a May start date confirmed (just over six weeks away), we’ll likely be hearing some legitimate confirmations about who will be in the movie in the coming days.

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  • Kristin T Medina

    I am so excited about this film. I have been a huge fan since way back and am anxious to see who will be on board.

  • Timothy W Williams

    Long Long Ago in a Galaxy Far Far Away……. I almost fell over in excitement for this movie. Please hurry!

  • Tony C Farfan

    WE have waited a very long time indeed for this film to be made. I hope Disney will do it justice. It will be odd to not have Lucas at the helm

  • Michael I Payton

    Is there anyone out there that is not excited to see this one. New director and characters and the return(?) of the Big 3. I’m hyped!

  • Carter J Hock

    Bring it! this is gonna be the Star Wars to end all Star Wars. I’m wondering what their storyline will be. General Thrawn would be cool.

  • Daisy Richer

    Very sad news for me. I just don`t want star wars to be ended 🙁