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Default The Episode VII Story Rumor and News Thread (NO DISCUSSION)


See and use the General Star Wars Episode VII News/Speculation/SPOILER Thread for discussion on the news and rumors.
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Story and casting announcements

Lucasfilm announced that the title for Episode VII is Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It is set about 30 years after the events of Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi (Episode VI), and will star three new young leads along with some very familiar faces. Star Wars: Episode VIIIX will not tell the same story told in the post-Episode VI Expanded Universe (EU). (March 18, 2014, April 25, 2014, November 6, 2014)

Lucasfilm's website states that "Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and features a new generation of swashbuckling heroes and shadowy villains, as well as the return of fan-favorite smugglers, princesses, and Jedi."

Cast and Characters

A photo of the table read and preliminary cast list was released on April 29, 2014. Additional casting was released on June 2, 2014, July 6, 2014, and October 16, 2014.

Writer/Director/Producer J.J Abrams (top center right) at the cast read-through of Star Wars Episode VII at Pinewood Studios with (clockwise from right) Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Producer Bryan Burk, Lucasfilm President and Producer Kathleen Kennedy, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Andy Serkis, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Adam Driver and Writer Lawrence Kasdan.

Some new character names were revealed and debuted via digital trading cards. Some other new character names were revealed in the June 2015 issue of Vanity Fair. (December 12, 2014, May 28, 2015)

The official theatrical poster and cast billing was unveiled on October 18, 2015.

Cast billing and role:
  • Harrison Ford as Han Solo
  • Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker
  • Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa
  • Adam Driver as Kylo Ren
  • Daisy Ridley as Rey
  • John Boyega as Finn (FN-2187)
  • Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron
  • Lupita Nyong'o as Maz Kanata
  • Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke
  • Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux
  • Anthony Daniels as C-3PO
  • Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca
  • Max von Sydow as Lor San Tekka

Official individual character posters were released on November 4, 2015.

The official trailer was released on October 19, 2015.

An international trailer was released at the D23 Japan expo on November 6, 2015.

Teasers from J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot
These were presented with little to no context during the course of the production. Click for full video or full image size.

The first teaser trailer was released on November 28, 2014.

The second teaser trailer was released on April 16, 2015.

A behind-the-scenes reel was released on July 10, 2015.

An exclusive commemorative poster by Drew Struzan was given out to attendees at the D23 expo on August 15, 2015.

A 15 second teaser of footage was released on Instagram on August 27, 2015.

Star Wars canon (official continuity)

Lucasfilm announced that their policy is for the Star Wars canon to encompass all forms of media. This official continuity is Star Wars: Episode IIX, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, books, comics, and other forms of new Star Wars entertainment released after this announcement. What was previously defined as the Star Wars Expanded Universe (EU) is not canon and has been rebranded as "Legends", and it will serve as a resource that can be drawn from by new Star Wars entertainment creators. (April 25, 2014 (1), April 25, 2014 (2))

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