With production of the new Star Wars Episode VII (7) soon to begin, and a release date in 2015, reports are coming in online that JJ Abrams, who will direct the latest Star Wars film, has a script ready.
With a script ready, and shooting slated to begin in May, online rumors are beginning to circulate about casting for the Star Wars Episode 7 film. “We’re working really hard and we’ve got our script and we’re in deep prep,” said Abrams at a recent Television Critics Association event.
Some Star Wars Episode 7 casting rumors have suggested both Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad) and Judi Dench. Abrams recently told the USA Today that they would release details on casting “soon, and I look forward to that so that we can get past it and we can get on with it”.
For Star Wars fans feeling a bit leery of the departure from George Lucas’ direction over the film, there may be some solace in know that Abrams collaborated with Lawrence Kasdan on the script for Episode VII. Kasdan also co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi from the original Star Wars trilogy.
When asked about why this latest installment of the Star Wars saga would not be filmed in IMAX, Abrams explained saying, “The problem with Imax is it’s a very loud camera, it’s a very unreliable camera, there’s only so much film that can be in the camera.” Abrams continued, “You can’t really do intimate scenes with it. It’s slow. They break down often.”
Also, Abrams revealed that Star Wars Episode 7 will be shot on film instead of digital recording. Clearly, JJ Abrams understands the legacy that he has to live up to and is carefully considering his options in every detail of production.