There's a lot of Star Wars: Episode VII talk out there, and a lot of rumors about casting and the story are going around. One day we'll find out what is true and what isn't. For now, director J.J. Abrams did clarify a few things in an interview during the Television Critics Association press tour. He confirms that the script is complete and that they are moving "full steam ahead." He also says that Breaking Bad's Jesse Plemons is in the running for a role in the film, saying,
“He is one of the actors that we’ve talked to, yeah. It’s not often that I read about actors that I’m going to be meeting. I get to read articles about actors who were going to come in, so I get to see someone and say, 'Oh, I read that I was going to see you. It’s very nice to see you.' It’s usually agents talking to people about what’s happening. It’s just a lot of noise.”
When asked if he would be shooting certain aspects of the film in IMAX, he replied,
“In the right situation, I’d like to use IMAX again. The problem with IMAX is that it’s a very loud camera. It’s a very unreliable camera. Only so much film can be in the camera. You can’t really do intimate scenes with it. It’s slow. They break down often. Having said that, they’re working on digital versions of that, so there may be a version one day. But, we’re going to be shooting this next movie on film.”
I was actually really looking forward to some Star Wars IMAX action, but I understand why he's not going to do it. Hopefully some of the future Star Wars films will get the IMAX treatment. As far as all of the rumors that have been buzzing around the internet, Abrams is asked what the craziest one he's heard of has been, and this is what he said,
“There’ve been so many of them. It’s amazing to see how many there are. … But it’s sweet because it shows that there’s an interest in this movie that we all obviously know is there. But it is an incredible thing to see how many incredible things get thrown out that people then write commentaries about. How happy they are, how disappointed they are about something that is completely false. It’s a lot of noise, frankly.”
As you know, we shouldn't really believe everything we read on the internet until something is 100% confirmed. That being said, it is still fun to talk about the rumors that pop up. You never know, some of them might end up being true! It's happened plenty of times before.
The movie is scheduled to start filming in the spring and will be released on December 18th, 2015.