HitFix’s Motion Captured blog is reporting that Star Wars Episode VII will begin shooting in mid-May and will continue shooting through September 2014, and that most principal casting is complete.
If the film completes shooting in September, that will give the post-production team a full year to work on the film before its December 18, 2015 release date.
The information is confirmed by multiple sources. It’s not entirely surprising, given that there were rumors of a summer shooting schedule already, and director J.J. Abrams had even mentioned May as a potential start date.
With principal casting mostly complete, that means several big announcements are probably just over the horizon. Most if not all of the principal cast from the original trilogy are rumored to be returning for the film, including Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, but there is still the question of who will play their children and what the villains will be like in the film.
Sounds like things are about to get interesting for Star Wars fans.