Star Wars: Episode VII Roll Cameras In May

The new Star Wars film in the 4.4 billion dollar franchise is not so far, far away anymore. Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams, will get those cameras rolling at London's historic Pinewood Studios in May of this year.

It has been almost a decade since fans have seen a live action Star Wars film, and now with Disney behind the wheel, may not be so sure as to what they can expect. Nonetheless, this is is a day for the Star Wars records, and Lucas Films has documented the first day of principal photography for each of the films. 

 

  • March 22, 1976 - The first day of principal photography in Tozeur, Tunisia, for Star Wars
  • January 11, 1982 - The first day of principal photography at EMI Elstree Studios outside of London for Return of the Jedi
  • June 26, 1997 - The first day of principal photography at Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire, England, for The Phantom Menace
  • June 26, 2000 - The first day of principal photography for Attack of the Clones at Fox Studios Australia.
  • June 30, 2003 - The first day of principal photography for Revenge of the Sith at Fox Studios Australia.

 

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Episode VII is set about thirty years after the events of 1983's Return of the Jedi (Episode VI), and will star three new young leads. R2-D2 is confirmed to be returning, and it is rumored that all the big, familiar faces will be gracing the film as well, although no official details on casting has been released. Carrie Fischer is one of the strongest rumors, and has even been quoted talking about being in London for six months to film.

Star Wars: Episode VII is set to hit theaters on December 18th, 2015 and is the first of the three new Star Wars Film that Disney announced they would release after buying Lucas Film for 4.5 billion dollars in 2012.

 

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