This October will mark the one year anniversary of the announcement that shook geeks everywhere. Nearly a year after Disney purchased Lucasfilm for $4.8 billion and revealed that a Star Wars Episode VII would be coming in 2015, there turns out there is actually a lot we already know about the movie. Despite Disney remaining quiet for the time being about it, here are ten things we know about Episode VII a year after it was announced:
It’s Not Based on the Expanded Universe
Despite people hoping to see Thrawn or the Vong war in Episode VII, all signs are pointing to an original story based on outlines that George Lucas wrote. As Lucas always did his own thing and regularly disregarded the EU, don’t expect to see any popular stories or characters from the EU carry over to Episode VII.
It’s Set 30-40 Years After Return of the Jedi
Another reason why the movie won’t be based on the EU that it’s set some 30-40 years after Return of the Jedi. That places it well beyond the Thrawn story (which was right after Jedi) and even the New Jedi Order. This will set it far enough away from the Original Trilogy to kick off all-new stories in the same universe while focusing on the Skywalker and Solo offspring.
The “Big Three” Are Expected to Return
Even though it’s long after the Original Trilogy, the “Big Three” are expected to show up in Episode VII. George Lucas confirmed it, Mark Hamill has talked about it, and there have been so many comments about it from Carrie Fisher that they all can’t be linked here. Lucas said Disney is waiting for some big event to reveal the news, so don’t be surprised if it’s all official by the end of the year.
John Williams is Scoring It
It was rumored for a long time, and Abrams wanted it to happen, so at Star Wars Celebration Europe II in Germany Lucasfilm made it official. John Williams is returning to score the movie. So not only will we get a new Star Wars movie, but we’ll also get a brand new Williams Star Wars score to go with it.
It’s Filming in the UK and the US
Ever since they began building a big soundstage at Pinewood Studios in the UK, it was rumored that it was for Star Wars. That was confirmed, and apparently Disney has a ten-year lease for the “Star Wars stage”. It also looks like they’ll be filming some of the location stuff in New Mexico, which means we may be seeing Tatooine again.
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