Disney Chief Alan Horn has confirmed that Star Wars: Episode VII is already shooting, and that most of the cast is in place. He revealed this bit of news during an interview with THR’s Stephen Galloway at Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television in Los Angeles. He said the casting has been one of the hardest parts of it, but adds
“We have a lot of them [in place]. We’re just not completely done yet.”
I assume we can expect an official casting announcement from the studio very soon. It's going to be really cool to see who is coming back from the original series and who the new cast will be. I trust that J.J. Abrams will bring fans a cast that they will be happy with. I think Star Wars is in good hands, and I have confidence in what Abrams is creating.
When asked if the script was complete, Horn said, “It actually is now.” As we reported earlier, the script that Michael Arndt wrote for the film had some issues and needed some changes. So Abrams stepped in with Lawrence Kasdan to do some rewrites to fix things. It looks like everyone is happy with what they did with it. Horn emphasized the importance of the script saying,
“It’s all about the screenplay. It has to be screenplay, screenplay, screenplay.”
You can watch the Star Wars part of the interview below. It's really excited to hear that the film is actually in production. I can't wait to actually start seeing stuff from it! The movie is set to be released in theaters on December 18th, 2015.