Star Wars Episode VII: What we know so far
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Filming has begun on Star Wars: Episode VII according to Disney's Alan Horn, but what do we know about the movie so far? We'll be updating this post when we hear anymore information so you may want to bookmark it.

Title

Star Wars: Episode VII is what everyone is calling it right now, but based on past movies it's likely to have more added to it that relates to the story. When that will be is totally unknown but it will likely be sometime next year.

Budget

It's rumoured to be around $200 million. Which is understandable for such a movie, plus it's almost guaranteed to make it back.

Release date

It's scheduled to be released on 18 December 2015, but as with most movies announced so early this could change.

Production

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As we said earlier in the post, filming has begun according to Disney's Alan Horn. A lot of the cast is already in place and most of the filming will take place at Pinewood Studios in England with expansions at ILM due to the size of the production. Other locations have been rumoured, such as Morocco which has been used for Tatooie scenes in the past.

Plot

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Episode VII will take place 35 years after The Return of the Jedi and will ignore the extended universe in books, comics, and games. It will use an original story as a template by George Lucas who is involved as creative consultant.

Cast

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It was announced earlier this year that Adam Driver of Girls (above) will play the film's main villain. Lucasfilm announced in 2013 that R2-D2 will be back for Episode VII, and this year it was confirmed that Peter Mayhew will return as Chewbacca. Rumour has it that the original leads Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill will be back as Leia, Han, and Luke, along side their characters' offspring.

Other actors that have been rumoured include Jesse Plemmons (Breaking Bad), John Boyega (Attack The Block), Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey), and Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave).

Director

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J.J. Abrams. He directed Super 8 as well as the latest two Star Trek films, so he definitely knows the genre. Abrams also created TV show Alias and co-created Lost, Fringe, Undercovers, and produced Person of Interest, Revolution and Almost Human.

Writers

Lawrence Kasdan

Abrams, as well as Lawrence Kasdan who co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and Raiders of the Lost Ark are the guys behind the current script which is an original by Michael Arndt, who wrote Toy Story 3. With these writers it's bound to be great, right?

Music

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John Williams who composed the music for the previous Star Wars is back for Episode VII. He is considered by many to be one of the greatest film composers of all time, having also composed music for films such as Jaws, Superman, Indiana Jones, ET, and Jurassic Park.

What do you think of what we know so far? Let us know in the comments or send us a tweet at @SocialSteak!