‘Star Wars Episode VII’ Has Begun Shooting, Casting Nearly Complete, Says Disney’s Alan Horn

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While Disney chairman Alan Horn remained mostly tight lipped during an interview at the Loyola Marymount School of Film and Television in Los Angeles, he did let it slip that “Star Wars Episode VII” has already begun shooting and has much of its cast.

“We have a lot of them, it’s not completely done yet,” Horn responded when asked about casting, noting it as the most difficult part of putting the highly anticipated film together.

As J.J. Abrams prefers to keep details under wraps for most of his films, Horn declined to reveal any names. Variety, however, learned in February that “Girls” actor Adam Driver is in talks to play the villain. Actors being considered for the lead role include Ed Speleers, John Boyega, Jesse Plemons, Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher.

“We’re actually shooting some of it now,” Horn said, despite previous comments that filming would start next month. The chairman could have been referring to getting B-roll and location shots without having the cast on set, but he didn’t divulge any information beyond that.

The script, co-written by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams after an early draft by “Toy Story 3” scribe Michael Arndt, was also a challenge, according to Horn. On all other details, though, Horn channeled his inner Yoda to advise those awaiting more news: “Patience, you must have.”

“Star Wars: Episode VII” is produced by Abrams, his Bad Robot partner Bryan Burk and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy. It’s set to hit theaters Dec. 18, 2015.

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  1. Lvl99Neckbeard says:

    Abrams can’t do anything right. To his credit his Trek was pretty and full of ‘splosions, but it wasn’t Trek. Sorry, but if you think it is you just don’t understand the original vision of Roddenberry.
    His SW may work, depending on how much of Lucas’ taint still lingered on after the liberation. It also may blow completely, like his ending to Lost. Only time will tell, but at least it’s not Lucas doing it anymore.

  2. timelord7202 says:

    His TREK work is hit or miss, but TREK is a different franchise. Trek had big f/x but big storylines, and his two movies are inconsistent (Though “Into Darkness” feels more like true Trek in discussing the human condition…)

    This isn’t to say Star Wars doesn’t have big storylines, but Star Wars always had bigger, more epic visuals AND more spirituality in its lore. If Abrams can keep true to SW’s ideals, he will have a massive hit.

  3. Brandon Walls says:

    bitching, all I see is bitching in these comments…..SMH

    • Duder NME says:

      Well, they are fanbitches. It’s a mental disorder. The only reason they like The Empire Strikes Back is because they hate the prequels. That’s it.

  4. Revster says:

    After the way Abrams completely butchered and destroyed the Star trek series…I have no faith in his vision for the Star Wars Saga. Not interested and will definitely not waste my money to see it. Disney, you blew it on this one

  5. Lane Jasper says:

    Please don’t butcher it.

  6. bencoster007@gmail.com says:

    Honestly the press needs to stop with all this coverage. I’m already over Star Wars 7 a year before its come out now… Let them make the damn thing, release it, then talk about.

  7. Dead says:

    I really hope the talks with Adam Driver don’t go anywhere. He’s a rather poor choice for a villain, and doesn’t really fit in a Star Wars film. It would be a shame to have waited this long for a follow up to the trilogy just to get an underwhelming awkward hipster for a villain.

    • fievel03 says:

      ….because you’ve already read the script and are completely aware of Driver’s full range of acting abilities – including those not shown on film to date? Amazing.

    • 4evrnyt says:

      He’s the perfect choice for a villain as long as his evil power is to stare blankly at you until you are uncomfortable enough to leave. First Hayden Christensen and now Adam Driver, clearly they learned nothing. Nobody is afraid of a tall skinny kid who can’t even grow a full mustache. I’m beginning to feel that they have decided that the role of villain in Star Wars movies is so important that it should be left up to fate and the actors are simply drawn from a hat without any real consideration if they are actually the least bit imposing or formidable.

      Let’s put it this way, Dwayne Johnson would have been a better choice then Adam Driver, enough said.

  8. chuck stenson says:

    Star Wars VII, can’t wait I love the whole saga. George Lucas is a genus. I am so pump. JJ ABRAMS will make it awesome I am sure. Thank you

  9. pinnickderek says:

    Don’t ruin the franchise? Disney and Abrams have had a better track record the Lucas does. Remember the prequel trilogy and the last Indiana Jones movie? Blech. Seemed like Lucas was trying to kill them himself.

    • timelord7202 says:

      Considering one of the writers of SW 7 had written the best SW of the bunch – “The Empire Strikes Back” – I wouldn’t be so pessimistic just yet.

      Still, the SW prequels felt lacking with characters while putting out too much unneeded exposition, and the last Indy movie felt superficial and lacking… doesn’t mean SW7 will be a failure by default… or a blazing success, either…

      • Duder NME says:

        Kasdan also wrote/directed Dreamcatcher and Darling Companion, so don’t get your fanpanties in a fanbunch.

  10. Kevin says:

    This better not suck, YOU HEAR ME? DON’T RUIN THE FRANCHISE!

  11. THE Falcon says:

    I read that its called STAR WARS; GHOSTS OF THE FORCE or ghost of the Empire. that true?

  12. Jack's Smirking Revenge says:

    The Force is lowering on this one.
    Very, very hasty this sounds.
    Yoda would enjoy this not.

  13. delltar says:

    They should’ve asked guys like Timothy Zahn and Drew Karpyshin to advise on the script. Fans will really eat then alive if something goes wrong…

  14. storiesofanenglishmajor says:

    Reblogged this on storiesofanenglishmajor.

  15. PETER says:

    They should hire young and sexy L.A. actor Christopher Lowe for the lead. But Ed Speleers, DOWNTON ABBEY, would be fine also.

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