However, Disney can’t confirm any actors linked to the new movie just yet.
Disney chairman Alan Horn has confirmed that Star Wars Episode VII has started filming, even if casting isn’t totally complete.
Though Horn would not confirm which actors had already been signed for J.J. Abrams’s production, plenty have been linked with the seventh Star Wars film.
Adam Driver (Girls) and Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave) have both been linked to the production, while several names have been mentioned in relation to a leading role: Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey), John Boyega (Attack The Block), and theatre actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher.
(The Hollywood Reporter reported that Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the earlier films, will make a 'return' in Episode VII.)
But the Disney chairman wasn’t to be drawn on casting specifics, speaking at the Loyola Marymount University School of Film & Television during an event hosted by The Hollywood Reporter’s Stephen Galloway.
“We’re actually shooting some of it now,” Horn explained. “We’re up against it. This is Episode VII, so it takes off where VI left off, and that’s 35 years ago by the time this is released in December 2015.”
“It’s all about the screenplay, it has to be. Larry Kasdan co-wrote it with J.J. Abrams, and the early draft was done by a guy named Michael Arndt, who wrote Toy Story 3. We have a lot of (the cast), it’s just not completely done. I’ll give you the same line as I did in Vegas: ‘Patience you must have!’,” he joked. — AFP Relaxnews