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See and use the General Star Wars Episode VII News/Speculation Thread for discussion on the news and rumors.
Beware that some rumors could be true and therefore be spoilers. Others are just crap.


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I like to link to the originating source organization whenever possible, which is nearly always, and prefer to use sources that use their real names and get paid to write and report for a living. Rumors will be superseded by further announcements from Disney / Lucasfilm. I may stop updating these posts at any time as principal photography has commenced.

Story and casting announcements

Star Wars: Episode VII is set about 30 years after the events of Episode VI, and will star a trio of 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)


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.

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong'o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, and Pip Andersen will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford (Han), Carrie Fisher (Leia), Mark Hamill (Luke), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), and Kenny Baker (R2-D2) in the new film. (November 19, 2013, April 29, 2014, June 2, 2014, July 6, 2014)

What is Star Wars canon?

Lucasfilm policy is for there to be one cohesive and universal canon for Star Wars. The Star Wars canon (official continuity) is Star Wars: Episode IIX, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, upcoming new books, and other upcoming forms of new Star Wars entertainment. What was previously defined as the Star Wars Expanded Universe (EU) is not canon, but will serve as a resource that can be drawn from by new Star Wars entertainment creators. (April 25, 2014 (1), April 25, 2014 (2))

Key Sources

(*) Disney/Lucasfilm/Bad Robot/connected source
(T)rade reporting: The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline, Variety, and The Wrap
(O)ther good sources: other trades, newspapers, magazines, newswires, tv networks, tv news shows

General story and script news and rumors

2008-05-XX (O) Total Film - George Lucas interview (Lucas: No more Star Wars feature films. Star Wars EU not the way he would've continued story.)
2008-05-07 (O) LA Times - 'Star Wars' won't go beyond Vader
2012-10-30 (*) StarWars.com - Part 1: George Lucas & Kathleen Kennedy Discuss Disney and the Future of Star Wars (video) (Lucas: Have story treatments for Episode VII, VIII, and IX.)
2012-10-30 (O) E! - Star Wars 7 Plot Will Be "an Original Story," Says Lucasfilm Source (story not based on Star Wars EU)
2012-11-03 (O) Nerdvana - Episode VII set 50 years after Episode VI? ‘Think further out,’ insider hints (story takes place 50+ years after Episode VI)
2012-11-08 (*) StarWars.com - Part 2: George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy: Getting Started on the New Star Wars Films (video) (Lucas is a creative consultant. Story is original from Lucas, not using books as a template.)
2012-11-08 (O) Vulture - Update: Toy Story 3's Michael Arndt Confirmed As Star Wars: Episode VII Writer (Arndt wrote story treatment)
2012-11-08 (T) The Hollywood Reporter - New 'Star Wars' Movie Has Treatment by 'Toy Story 3' Writer (Arndt wrote story treatment)
2012-11-09 (*) StarWars.com - MICHAEL ARNDT TO WRITE SCREENPLAY FOR STAR WARS: EPISODE VII (Arndt announced as screenplay writer)
2012-11-09 (T) The Hollywood Reporter - Lucasfilm Confirms Michael Arndt to Write 'Star Wars: Episode VII' (The new trilogy brings the saga of the Skywalkers to a close. Story is about a new generation of heroes and will include appearances from the original trio. Other characters could return, including dead characters returning as ghosts.)
2013-01-25 (*) StarWars.com - STAR WARS IS BEING KICK-STARTED WITH DYNAMITE J.J. ABRAMS TO DIRECT STAR WARS: EPISODE VII (Abrams announced as director with Kasdan and Kinberg as project consultants)
2013-01-30 (T) The Hollywood Reporter - Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy on 'Star Wars,' 'Lincoln' and Secret J.J. Abrams Meetings (Exclusive)
2013-02-08 (_) IGN Interviews Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg on Star Wars: Episode VII and Standalone Films (Kasdan comments on working on Episode VII story)
2013-02-09 (O) LA Times - ‘Star Wars’ writer Lawrence Kasdan wants spinoff film to ‘start fresh’
2013-04-29 (O) Playboy - Interview: J.J. Abrams (Abrams: Have been working with Arndt for a long time. With Star Wars, one has to take into account what has preceded it, what worked, what didn’t.)
2013-06-08 (T) Deadline - Produced By Conference: JJ Abrams Says ‘Star Wars’ Starts Production In Early 2014 (Abrams: Honor not revere what came before. No comment on Star Wars EU usage.)
2013-06-11 (_) Schmoes Know - Exclusive: Star Wars Casting News! (characters and story based on Star Wars EU)
2013-06-11 (O) Bleeding Cool - Why We Don’t Believe The Latest Star Wars Plot And Character Rumours – UPDATED (contradicts Schmoes Know rumor)
2013-06-11 (_) HitFix - Buzzkill - Why today's big 'Star Wars Episode VII' rumors are complete nonsense (contradicts Schmoes Know rumor)
2013-06-12 (O) Access Hollywood - WHAT DOES GEORGE LUCAS THINK OF J.J. ABRAMS DIRECTING NEW STARS WARS? (video) (Lucas: Agree with Abrams comment about honoring but not revering what came before.)
2013-06-15 (_) Contactmusic - J.J. Abrams wanted Michael Arndt before Star Wars (Abrams: Romance in story? No doubt.)
2013-06-16 (O) Access Hollywood - DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS 2013: GEORGE LUCAS WINS! (video) (Lucas: Haven't spoken to Abrams yet.)
2013-07-22 (O) LA Times - J.J. Abrams not dropping out of ‘Star Wars’ sequel, Lucasfilm says (Lucasfilm: Abrams working on script)
2013-07-27 (_) IGN - Star Wars Episode VII Focusing on Character and Story First, CGI Balanced with Practical Effects (Kennedy: Character-driven and complicated stories so as not to fatigue the audience.)
2013-07-27 (_) /Film - Kathleen Kennedy Talks ‘Star Wars’ Writing Meetings, Effects, George/JJ’s Meeting and More (Kennedy: Lucas has met with Abrams.)
2013-07-27 (O) Bleeding Cool - Liveblog – Kathleen Kennedy Panel At Star Wars Celebration Europe 2013
2013-08-14 (_) Latino Review - ‘Palpatine’ Will Return (But Not As A Clone) in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ (not based on Star Wars EU)
2013-09-19 (O) Entertainment Weekly - J.J. Abrams wants 'Star Wars' sequel to feel real -- EXCLUSIVE (Abrams: Making an emotional, authentic, and exciting film)
2013-10-06 (_) Flicks And The City - Jett Lucas Interview - Star Wars Episodes 7, 8 & 9, New Cast Rumours & JJ Abrams (video) (Jett Lucas: Won't say what happens. But would like the story to follow a new generation/group of heroes and villains. Lucas in communication with Abrams.)
2013-10-11 (_) Latino Review - Exclusive: Working Titles For ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ (Lucas Episode VII working titles: Return of the Sith, Rise of the Jedi)
2013-10-24 (*) StarWars.com - MASTER FILMMAKING TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR STAR WARS: EPISODE VII (Kasdan and Abrams announced as screenplay writers)
2013-10-24 (_) Badass Digest - Arndt Off STAR WARS VII, Kasdan And Abrams Are The New Writers (Arndt script was scrapped as early as July 2013. New script follows a different set of characters.)
2013-10-24 (_) Hitfix - JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan take control of 'Star Wars' script as spring start date approaches
2013-10-31 (T) The Hollywood Reporter - Star Wars: Disney CEO Bob Iger's Firm 2015 Date Leaves 'Episode VII' Team Scrambling (script isn't close to ready to be filmed)
2013-11-02 (O) The Times - J. J. Abrams and Star Wars VII (Abrams agrees with 4 Rules to Make Star Wars Great Again video. Likes the unfamiliarity in A New Hope.)
2013-11-05 (O) Bleeding Cool - More Star Wars Episode VII Plot And Character Details, Open Casting Call For Young Leads Upcoming (Same basic Arndt story used and continued by Kasdan and Abrams. Same roles sought as before the change of writers.)
2013-11-07 (T) Deadline - J.J. Abrams: Taking Over ‘Star Wars’ Writing Duties With Lawrence Kasdan A Matter Of Time
2013-11-25 (O) MTV - J.J. Abrams Tells Us What Will Make 'Star Wars' 'Infinitely Better' (Abrams: Happy with delay. Felt that original summer 2015 release date announcement wasn't good for where they stood creatively.)
2014-01-11 (T) The Hollywood Reporter - 'Star Wars' Rumors: Who Is J.J. Abrams Eyeing for 'Episode VII'? (Script focus for Episode VII changed from new offspring characters to old characters when Abrams and Kasdan took over the script after disagreement with Arndt. Lucas acquiesced. Some roles deleted or rewritten.)
2014-01-17 (_) Latino Review - The 4 Most Important Star Wars Stories Of The Year (So far) (Arndt script focused on Solos, Abrams wanted Skywalkers.)
2014-01-19 (_) Collider - J.J. Abrams Says the STAR WARS EPISODE 7 Script is Done; Talks the Jesse Plemons Rumors, How They’ll be Shooting on Film, IMAX, and More (Abrams: Script is done.)
2014-01-20 (O) USA Today - With script done, 'Star Wars' filming planned for May (Abrams: Script is done. Filming to begin in May.)
2014-02-13 (*) Lucasfilm.com - What We Do: Production (pre-production meeting top image in relaunched website)
2014-02-14 (_) Red Carpet TV News - J.J. Abrams Interview - Star Wars & Irish Love - Winter's Tale Premiere (video)
2014-02-23 (O) Paris Match Interview (Abrams: The key is to return to the roots of the first film, try to be more in emotion than in the explanation.)
2014-03-07 (O) Entertainment Weekly - 'Clone Wars' director: Final episodes answer big 'Star Wars' questions (season six of show represents Lucas last statement on the Force and Force ghosts)
2014-03-12 (T) Variety - ‘Star Wars Episode VII’: Actors Battle for Lead Role (EXCLUSIVE) (Arndt script focused on Solo offspring. New script puts offspring into supporting roles.)
2014-03-16 (_) Badass Digest - This Is Everything We Officially Know About STAR WARS EPISODE VII
2014-03-18 (*) StarWars.com - STAR WARS: EPISODE VII SET TO ROLL CAMERAS MAY 2014 (story takes place about 30 years after Episode VI)
2014-04-02 (T) The Hollywood Masters - THM Alan Horn (video) (Horn: Kasdan and Abrams wrote the script. Arndt did the early draft.)
2014-04-20 (_) IGN - Could the Star Wars Spin-Offs Include the Expanded Universe? - WonderCon 2014 (video) (Kinberg: The canon for the new Star Wars movies is the previous six episodic Star Wars movies.)
2014-04-25 (*) StarWars.com - THE LEGENDARY STAR WARS EXPANDED UNIVERSE TURNS A NEW PAGE (Episodes VII–IX do not retell the post-ROTJ expanded universe story)
2014-05-06 (_) Ain't It Cool News - STAR WARS EPISODE VII's working title is... you didn't think I'd blow it in the headline did ya? (Episode VII working title: The Ancient Fear)
2014-05-06 (_) Latino Review - We Know The REAL 'Star Wars' Working Title (Episode VII working title: Episode 7)
2014-05-06 (O) Bleeding Cool - AVCO – Another Star Wars Episode VII Shooting Nickname (UPDATE) (Episode VII working title: AVCO)
2014-05-08 (O) Entertainment Weekly - Star Wars Episode VII A New Hope (Really) (May 16, 2014 Issue) ('Significant overhaul' of Arndt's script led to the casting process stalling as characters and plot details shifted. Casting began in earnest in January 2014.)
2014-06-19 (_) Joblo - EXCLUSIVE: SCOOP TIDBITS ON AVENGERS 2, ANT-MAN, AND STAR WARS VII! (setting is darker and rougher than the Prequel Trilogy and is kind of post-apocalyptic)
2014-06-27 (_) Latino Review - STAR WARS: December 2015 Or Bust!
2014-07-20 (_) Badass Digest - Exclusive: STAR WARS EPISODE VII Plot Details Revealed!
2014-07-20 (_) First Showing - Has the the Basic Storyline of 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Been Leaked?
2014-07-20 (_) Film Divider - Rumoured plot details for Star Wars: Episode VII introduce an unexpected MacGuffin
2014-07-21 (_) This Is Infamous - Exclusive: Finding Fact/Fiction In All These STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Plot Rumors


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New character and cast news and rumors

2013-01-XX (_) /Film (the lead character is female, Moretz possibly suggested.)
2013-03-01 (O) Nerdvana - Star Wars Episode VII to focus on one Solo kid and one Solo grandkid; Yoda is a no-go; Zahn back for more? (child and grandchild of Han and Leia)
2013-05-10 (_) The Wrap reporter Jeff Sneider tweet 1 / tweet 2 (the lead role is rumored to be female)
2013-05-20 (_) Latino Review - Exclusive: Tudors Star In Talks To Join ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ (Rhys Meyers)
2013-05-20 (O) Bleeding Cool - Star Wars Casting Rumour Puts Jonathan Rhys Meyers In The Frame (Rhys Meyers)
2013-06-11 (_) Schmoes Know - Exclusive: Star Wars Casting News! (Jaina Solo. Jacen Solo.)
2013-06-18 (_) Schmoes Know - Star Wars: Episode VII Casting News! (details redacted)
2013-06-19 (O) Bleeding Cool - SCOOP: Star Wars Episode Seven Character Details
2013-06-19 (_) TheForce.net - Authentic Star Wars Episode VII Casting Details Leak Online (Lucasfilm confirmed casting breakdown)
2013-06-19 (T) Variety - ‘Star Wars’ Casting Under Way as Breakdown Leaks (casting directors are Webster and Weisberg in the U.S. and Gold in the U.K.)
2013-07-24 (_) Latino Review - Exclusive: Who Disney Is Looking At For ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ (Gosling, Luke's son. Efron. DiCaprio.)
2013-07-25 (_) The Huffington Post - Ryan Gosling 'Star Wars' Rumor 'Not True' According To Representatives
2013-07-30 (O) MTV - Chloe Grace Moretz Would 'Kill' To Be In 'Star Wars'
2013-08-14 (O) The Telegraph - ChloŽ Moretz interview: 'I've had an interesting childhood'
2013-08-14 (_) Latino Review - ‘Palpatine’ Will Return (But Not As A Clone) in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ (Palpatine apprentice)
2013-08-26 (O) MTV - 'Divergent' Actor Miles Teller Opens Up About 'Fantastic Four' Rumors (Teller)
2013-08-28 (_) Latino Review - Exclusive: Disney Calls Stripper and Wendy Darling For ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ (Hurd-Wood, Leia's daughter. Pettyfer.)
2013-08-28 (_) /Film - Two More Actors Possibly Up for ‘Star Wars Episode VII’ Roles (Pettyfer)
2013-08-29 (_) Badass Digest - Jesus God, Please Don’t Let Alex Pettyfer Be In The New STAR WARS (Luke's son is the lead role)
2013-09-02 (_) Film Chronicles - Benedict Cumberbatch is in Star Wars VII (Cumberbatch)
2013-09-02 (_) Badass Digest - Benedict Cumberbatch Rumored For STAR WARS EPISODE VII (Cumberbatch, a villain and a possible Sith.)
2013-09-02 (_) Ain't It Cool News - The Force Would Appear To Be Quite Strong With Benedict Cumberbatch (Cumberbatch, a possible Sith.)
2013-09-03 (O) NY Daily News - Benedict Cumberbatch is NOT cast in 'Star Wars: Episode VII': rep
2013-09-04 (_) Movie Cricket - Female Jedi For Star Wars 7! (Chiang and McCaig hint at female Jedi)
2013-09-05 (_) Showbiz 411 - Exclusive: Star Wars Casting Call Goes Out in New York for 3 Main Roles (casting call for Young Man, Man, and Young Woman)
2013-09-06 (_) Moviefone - Benedict Cumberbatch in 'Star Wars: Episode 7'? Actor Addresses Rumors
2013-09-07 (O) The Telegraph - Benedict Cumberbatch interview: 'Star Wars? We’ll wait and see'
2013-09-11 (T) The Hollywood Reporter - The Confessions of Benedict Cumberbatch
2013-09-15 (O) Entertainment Weekly - Jonathan Rhys Meyers on 'Star Wars' casting chatter: 'I don't believe rumors'
2013-09-18 (_) Latino Review - ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ To Film In The City of Crosses, Saoirse Ronan Up For A Role, & We Debunk Benedict Cumberbatch Denials (Ronan. Cumberbatch. Female villain.)
2013-09-19 (O) Bleeding Cool - Saoirse Ronan Has Gone In To Read For The Lead Role In Star Wars Episode VII (Ronan, the lead role of story.)
2013-09-19 (_) Latino Review - EXCLUSIVE: Guess Which Two Actors Went In For ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ (Oyelowo. Jordan.)
2013-09-19 (_) LA Times reporter Yvonne Villarreal tweet (Abrams: Working hard to nail down casting, loves Cumberbatch.)
2013-09-23 (T) The Hollywood Reporter - 'Star Wars Rebels': David Oyelowo, Freddie Prinze Jr. in Talks for Voice Cast (Exclusive)
2013-10-01 (O) Sky News - Saoirse Ronan Up For Star Wars Part (video) (Ronan confirmed audition)
2013-10-01 (_) Latino Review - Exclusive: Sullivan Stapleton Goes In For ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ (Stapleton)
2013-10-01 (_) Furious Fanboys - Rumor: Ben Kingsley Read for Episode VII? (Kingsley)
2013-10-02 (O) Digital Spy - Saoirse Ronan on Star Wars, Avengers 2 and Ryan Gosling (video)
2013-10-04 (O) Empire - Exclusive: Saoirse Ronan On Her Star Wars Episode VII Audition (Ronan pretended to discover a lightsaber in audition)
2013-10-04 (_) Latino Review - ChloŽ Grace Moretz Talks ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ (two Moretz auditions rumored and denied)
2013-10-05 (O) Press Association - Saoirse: Star Wars would be fun (video)
2013-10-08 (O) Total Film - Sir Ben Kingsley responds to Star Wars Episode VII rumour (video)
2013-10-08 (_) Clevver Movies - ChloŽ Grace Moretz Talks STAR WARS - EXCLUSIVE! (video)
2013-10-10 (O) Associated Press - POST-'FRUITVALE,' MICHAEL B. JORDAN WANTS IT ALL (Jordan confirmed audition)
2013-10-11 (O) The Graham Norton Show - BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH, HARRISON FORD & the New Star Wars movie (video)
2013-10-19 (_) Red Carpet News TV - Saoirse Ronan Interview - Star Wars Episode VII & How I Live Now (video)
2013-10-31 (_) UKopencall Claire Curry tweet (announced casting call for a beautiful, smart, and athletic young woman of any ethnicity as "Rachel" and a handsome, smart, and athletic young man as "Thomas") [account now closed]
2013-11-02 (O) The Times - J. J. Abrams and Star Wars VII (Ejiofor met with Abrams for unspecified reason)
2013-11-03 (_) Flicks And The City - Chiwetel Ejiofor Interview on Star Wars, 12 Years A Slave & Half of a Yellow Sun (video)
2013-11-05 (O) BBC News - Star Wars sequel: Open auditions to be held in UK
2013-11-05 (O) Bleeding Cool - More Star Wars Episode VII Plot And Character Details, Open Casting Call For Young Leads Upcoming (Young woman is the lead role. Young man key supporting/major role.)
2013-11-06 (*) Open Casting Call 2013 - Nationwide Search For Lead Roles For A Feature Disney Film (casting call website becomes widely known)
2013-11-06 (_) The Playlist - Saoirse Ronan Says She Didn't Get The 'Star Wars' Role She Auditioned For, Calls 'Fantastic Four' Rumors Just That
2013-11-06 (_) Badass Digest - STAR WARS EPISODE VII Casting And Release Date Rumors. Again. (Luke's son is rumored to be the lead role)
2013-11-06 (_) Furious Fanboys - Is This the Episode VII Audition Script? ([My Note] audition script directly based and modified from The Hunger Games book: "Rachel" is Katniss; "Thomas" is Peeta. See Chapter 19.)
2013-11-07 (O) RedEye - Chicago casting call confirmed for 'Star Wars: Episode VII' roles (Lucasfilm confirmed auditions)
2013-11-09 (O) BBC News - Star Wars hopefuls attend open auditions in Bristol (Lucasfilm confirmed auditions)
2013-11-09 (O) The Telegraph - The Star Wars fans aiming to clinch a role in Episode VII (video)
2013-11-09 (O) KSDK NewsChannel 5 - Disney holds St. Louis casting call for upcoming movie (video)
2013-11-11 (O) FOX 2 - Tim and April audition for Star Wars (video)
2013-11-12 (O) KSDK NewsChannel 5 - Star Wars casting callbacks in St. Louis (video)
2013-11-12 (O) E! - The Butler's David Oyelowo Faces Ongoing Star Wars Questions
2013-11-19 (_) Moviehole - A couple more Star Wars Episode VII candidates (Flemyng. Russell.)
2013-11-20 (O) Bleeding Cool - Rumour: Matt Smith Called In For Star Wars Episode VII (Smith)
2013-11-20 (O) Bleeding Cool - Read The Script Pages Being Used In The Star Wars Open Auditions
2013-11-25 (T) The Hollywood Reporter - 'Star Wars: Episode VII,' 'Batman-Superman' and 3 Other Hot Movies Looking for Stars (Tough-cookie young woman role. Charismatic funny young man role. Age 40-something man military type role.)
2013-12-09 (O) Bleeding Cool - Jack O’Connell In The Running For Star Wars: Episode VII Role (O'Connell)
2013-12-10 (_) Red Carpet News TV - Saoirse Ronan Interview British Independent Film Awards 2013
2013-12-11 (O) Conan - Full Episode - Weds. 12/11 - Benedict Cumberbatch, George Takei, And Musical Guest John Legend
2013-12-16 (O) GQ - Exclusive: Benedict Cumberbatch on Sherlock, Star Wars and George Clooney
2014-01-10 (T) The Wrap - ‘Breaking Bad’s’ Jesse Plemons Eyed for Lead in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ (Exclusive) (Plemons, a lead role.)
2014-01-11 (T) The Hollywood Reporter - 'Star Wars' Rumors: Who Is J.J. Abrams Eyeing for 'Episode VII'? (Fassbender. Driver. Weaving, Imperial Commander. Plemons. Age 20-something multiracial or black woman as Obi-Wan's daughter or granddaughter. Offspring of Luke, Leia, and Han are supporting characters until next movies.)
2014-01-11 (_) /Film - Latest ‘Star Wars’ Rumors Include Expanded ‘Episode VII’ Roles For Luke, Han & Leia Plus Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving (Obi-Wan's daughter or granddaughter)
2014-01-11 (O) Press Association - Ejiofor tight-lipped on Star Wars
2014-01-17 (_) Latino Review - The 4 Most Important Star Wars Stories Of The Year (So far) (Plemons, Ben Skywalker, the lead role after Episode VII. Kenobi family.)
2014-01-19 (_) Hitfix - 'Breaking Bad's' Jesse Plemons denies 'Star Wars' talk: It's a 'crazy rumor' (video)
2014-01-19 (_) Collider - J.J. Abrams Says the STAR WARS EPISODE 7 Script is Done; Talks the Jesse Plemons Rumors, How They’ll be Shooting on Film, IMAX, and More (Abrams: Plemons one of the actors talked to.)
2014-01-23 (_) Collider - Miles Teller Talks THAT AWKWARD MOMENT, Dating Advice, His Audition for STAR WARS Episode VII, FANTASTIC FOUR, ALLEGIANT, and More
2014-01-31 (O) MTV - Is Zac Efron Ready To Go Full Frontal? (video) (Efron confirmed meeting)
2014-02-05 (O) Sky News - Gary Oldman - Star Wars: Episode VII exclusive! (video) (Oldman)
2014-02-10 (_) Hitfix - Confirmed: Complete 'Star Wars: Episode VII' shooting dates revealed (most principal casting complete)
2014-02-10 (_) ComingSoon - CS Video: Alex Pettyfer and the Cast of Endless Love
2014-02-12 (O) Toronto Sun - Alex Pettyfer talks 'Endless Love' and 'Star Wars'
2014-02-14 (O) Irish Independent - Irish actor Daryl McCormack has Star Wars hopes dashed...but JJ Abrams tips him as one to watch
2014-02-17 (_) Ain't It Cool News - First glimpse of STAR WARS EPISODE VII art has Harry going full nostalgic for all things related to the Force! Plus an Actor cast? (Reynor)
2014-02-18 (O) Bleeding Cool - Report: Jack Reynor Cast In Star Wars Episode VII (female lead will be the big casting news even if people don't realize it until they see the movie)
2014-02-21 (O) Irish Independent - Jack Reynor shoots down Star Wars rumours
2014-02-26 (T) Variety - ‘Star Wars’: Adam Driver Near Deal to Play the Villain (EXCLUSIVE) (Driver, the villain; Fassbender and Weaving were rumored to previously be up for the same part.)


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2014-02-26 (T) The Hollywood Reporter - Adam Driver to Play Villain in 'Star Wars: Episode VII' (Driver, the villain; Fassbender and Kinnaman may have previously been up for the same part.)
2014-02-26 (T) The Wrap - ‘Girls’ Star Adam Driver Nearing Deal for Villain Role in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ (Driver, the villain.)
2014-02-26 (T) Deadline - Is Latest ‘Star Wars’ Casting Rumor Actually True? (Driver, the villain.)
2014-02-26 (O) Entertainment Weekly - Darth Driver! 'Star Wars: Episode VII' has its first actor (Driver)
2014-03-02 (O) E! - Zac Efron Reveals He's Rooting for Matthew McConaughey at the 2014 Academy Awards, Talks Reported Star Wars Role
2014-03-06 (O) Elle - Saoirse Ronan Is Planning a Bridesmaids-Themed Birthday Party
2014-03-12 (O) RT… - RT…'s Stephen Byrne reveals Star Wars near-miss
2014-03-12 (T) Variety - ‘Star Wars Episode VII’: Actors Battle for Lead Role (EXCLUSIVE) (Male lead: Speleers; Boyega; Plemons; Thomas; Fisher; all for the lead role of a Jedi apprentice. Abrams wants diversity in casting. Offspring of Han and Leia are supporting roles.)
2014-03-12 (O) Bleeding Cool - A Shortlist Of Actors For Star Wars Episode VII’s Good Boy Jedi Hero (young girl was the lead role in Arndt's script; part of 'next generation' bloodline, but not exactly like the EU character.)
2014-03-12 (_) Badass Digest - ATTACK THE BLOCK’S John Boyega Up For STAR WARS VII Lead (Luke's son was the lead role in Arndt's script)
2014-03-12 (_) Latino Review - ‘Star Wars Episode VII’ Nears Casting Its Male Lead (Thomas, Luke's son.)
2014-03-12 (O) The Daily Mirror - Downton Abbey stars audition for parts in new Star Wars film (Abrams visited set to scope talent)
2014-03-14 (_) Latino Review - EXCLUSIVE: This Oscar Winner Is SO CLOSE to ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ (Nyong'o, possible Sith and major female role.)
2014-03-14 (T) The Hollywood Reporter - Lupita Nyong'o Meets With J.J. Abrams for 'Star Wars: Episode VII' (Nyong'o, possible descendant of Obi-Wan and female lead. Other age 20-something female and male roles sought. Plemons; Speleers; Boyega.)
2014-03-14 (_) First Showing - Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong'o Up for a 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Role? (female lead)
2014-03-18 (*) StarWars.com - STAR WARS: EPISODE VII SET TO ROLL CAMERAS MAY 2014 (story stars a trio of new young leads)
2014-03-23 (O) Metro - Jack O’Connell: ‘I’ve got no curiosity as to what my fists can do anymore’
2014-03-28 (T) Deadline - Dayo Okeniyi Lands Final ‘Terminator’ Lead (Okeniyi was previously wanted to test for the same part Boyega was up for)
2014-04-02 (T) The Hollywood Reporter - With 'Black Mass' Casting, Jesse Plemons Likely Out of 'Star Wars: VII'
2014-04-02 (T) The Hollywood Masters - THM Alan Horn (video) (Horn: A lot of casting is done. Filming already has begun.)
2014-04-08 (O) First Coast News - INTERVIEW - John Boyega on filming in Nigeria and a possible Star Wars casting at Half Of A Yellow Sun - UK film premiere on April 8, 2014 in London, England (video)
2014-04-09 (T) The Hollywood Reporter - 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Speculation Centers on Unknown Oxford Actress (Richardson-Sellers, possible major role and descendant of Obi-Wan.)
2014-04-09 (T) Deadline - British Newcomer Eyed For ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Role (Richardson-Sellers, "not a lead" role.)
2014-04-12 (O) RadioTimes - Benedict Cumberbatch: I’ll never be in Doctor Who – and Star Wars 7 is out too
2014-04-14 (O) MTV - The Search For The New 'Star Wars' Cast Is On!
2014-04-18 (O) The Belfast Telegraph - Boyega waiting on Star Wars call up
2014-04-22 (T) The Hollywood Reporter - Lupita Nyong'o Signs With CAA
2014-04-28 (O) Time Out - Adam Driver interview: ‘The military is the best acting training’
2014-04-28 (O) Channel 5 News - Zac Efron hints at role in Star Wars Episode 7 (video)
2014-04-28 (T) Deadline - Rumor Mill Wild As ‘Star Wars’ Cast Revelation Gets Close (Isaac, major role. Driver, major role. Boyega, major role. Possibly Richardson-Sellers for a young girl role.)
2014-04-29 (*) StarWars.com - STAR WARS: EPISODE VII CAST ANNOUNCED (Boyega. Ridley. Driver. Isaac. Serkis. Gleeson. Von Sydow.)
2014-04-29 (T) Variety - ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Cast Revealed (Driver a 'Darth Vader-like main villain'. Isaac has a 'Han Solo look to him'. Boyega male lead and a Jedi. Female lead: Ridley is unclear, possible daughter of Han and Leia.)
2014-04-29 (T) The Wrap - ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Cast: Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, John Boyega (Driver, the villain. Isaac and Boyega are heroes; Boyega a Jedi.)
2014-04-29 (T) The Hollywood Reporter - 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Casting: It's Not Over Yet (another major female role yet to be cast)
2014-04-29 (T) The Wrap - ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Director J.J. Abrams Still Has Casting Tricks Up His Sleeve (another major female role could still yet be cast)
2014-04-30 (_) Mashable - 'Star Wars' Cast: What Happened to Those Cumberbatch, Ejiofor and Fassbender Rumors? (The main cast group was announced on 4/29, though more casting is to come. Ridley is a major role. Dubious of a second major female role.)
2014-04-30 (_) Hitfix - GENDER POLITICS AND THE CASTING OF 'STAR WARS' (Boyega and Ridley are the 'ostensible' [My Note: stated or appearing to be true, but not necessarily so] lead roles)
2014-04-30 (T) The Hollywood Reporter - How 'Star Wars' Director J.J. Abrams Kept the Cast Secret (Ridley one of the lead roles)
2014-04-30 (_) Entertainment Weekly Radio - Senior Writer Anthony Breznican 'Star Wars: Episode VII': Casting' (audio) (no more major parts left to be cast, but there will be more casting for smaller roles.)
2014-05-01 (O) The Daily Mirror - Star Wars' new star Daisy Ridley: Dad praises ''extraordinary'' daughter after she lands Episode VII leading role
2014-05-04 (*) StarWars.com - Star Wars Day Greeting from J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (video) (more casting announcements coming)
2014-05-04 (O) Press Association - Rahim: I auditioned for Star Wars (soldier role)
2014-05-06 (_) Ain't It Cool News - STAR WARS EPISODE VII's working title is... you didn't think I'd blow it in the headline did ya? (Von Sydow, villain.)
2014-05-08 (O) Entertainment Weekly - Star Wars Episode VII A New Hope (Really) (May 16, 2014 Issue) (major female role yet to be cast)
2014-05-16 (_) Latino Review - S7AR WARS - Death Becomes [Spoiler] (Jarvis. Richardson-Sellers.)
2014-06-02 (*) StarWars.com - ACADEMY AWARD WINNER LUPITA NYONG'O JOINS THE CAST OF STAR WARS: EPISODE VII (Nyong'o. Christie.)
2014-06-03 (O) extra - Lupita Nyong'o on Getting Cast in 'Star Wars: Episode VII' (video)
2014-06-04 (O) Al Bawaba - Double dose of action: UAE's Healer Twins to star in upcoming Star Wars
2014-06-06 (_) Latino Review - S7AR WARS: "JJedi Mind Tricks" (Female villain...50% likely Sith. Boba Fett-similar armor for something. Boyega not a padawan or Jedi at start.)
2014-06-17 (_) The Huffington Post - The Latest 'Star Wars' Rumors Point To Lupita Nyong'o and Adam Driver's Potential Roles (Lucasfilm declines public comment)
2014-06-18 (_) Latino Review - S7AR WARS: So... Jedi Hunters? (Driver and Nyong'o are villains. Mercenaries.)
2014-06-18 (_) Badass Digest - The Tricky Part About Covering STAR WARS Rumors (Nyong'o is a villain)
2014-06-19 (O) MTV - ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’: Domhnall Gleeson Opens Up About Spoilers
2014-06-24 (_) Latino Review - HOT RUMOR: More 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Character Tidbits (Mandalorians. Sith Witch(es).)
2014-06-26 (T) Variety - Q&A: Andy Serkis Talks ‘Apes’ and ‘Avengers’
2014-06-27 (_) Latino Review - Billie Lourd In 'Star Wars: Episode VII' (Lourd)
2014-06-28 (O) SciFiNow - STAR WARS EPISODE VII: ANDY SERKIS ON ROLE, SCRIPT & ABRAMS
2014-07-06 (*) StarWars.com - STAR WARS EPISODE VII PRODUCTION UPDATE (Clarke. Andersen.)
2014-07-08 (O) The Wall Street Journal - Andy Serkis on the ‘Planet of the Apes’ Legacy, Peter Jackson and ‘Star Wars’
2014-07-13 (O) The Independent - The evolution of Andy Serkis: First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
2014-07-15 (_) The Regular Guys - Andy Serkis (Serkis, minor role.)
2014-07-17 (_) Latino Review - EXCLUSIVE: Christina Chong Joins 'Star Wars: Episode VII' (Chong)
2014-07-17 (T) Variety - ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Casts Newcomer Christina Chong (Chong, minor role.)
2014-07-17 (T) The Wrap - ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Adds '24: Live Another Day’ Actress Christina Chong (Chong, minor role.)
2014-07-20 (_) Badass Digest - STAR WARS EPISODE VII Follow-Up: John Boyega’s Character Is… (Boyega, Stormtrooper.)
2014-07-22 (_) Badass Digest - Why I Believe Gwendoline Christie’s STAR WARS EPISODE VII Character Was Gender Swapped (Christie, Imperial Officer or Sith.)

Returning character and cast news and rumors

2012-11-08 (O) Vulture - Update: Toy Story 3's Michael Arndt Confirmed As Star Wars: Episode VII Writer (Luke. Leia. Han.)
2012-11-17 (_) Moviehole - Exclusive : Another original Star Wars trilogy character in Arndt’s sequel trilogy treatment (Lando)
2012-12-03 (O) Digital Spy - Exclusive: Ewan McGregor on Star Wars Episode 7: I'll be Obi-Wan if they need me (video)
2013-02-15 (_) Showbiz 411 - Star Wars Fans: Don’t Worry, All Three Originals Are Returning (Han. Leia. Luke.)
2013-02-20 (O) Entertainment Tonight - Mark Hamill Muses on New 'Star Wars': 'Go Retro'
2013-03-05 (O) Palm Beach Illustrated - Q&A WITH CARRIE FISHER (Leia)
2013-03-06 (O) CNN - Carrie Fisher as an 'elderly' Princess Leia? Not so fast
2013-03-07 (O) Business Week - How Disney Bought Lucasfilm—and Its Plans for 'Star Wars' (Lucas: Negotiated with original trio for new film(s).)
2013-03-11 (_) Film Buff Online - Updated! Exclusive: Billy Dee Williams On Whether He’ll Be Back For STAR WARS: EPISODE VII
2013-03-20 (O) WGN - Full interview: Harrison Ford hints to return to new Star Wars film
2013-04-11 (O) Digital Spy - Exclusive: 'Star Wars Episode 7': Anthony Daniels hints at C-3PO return
2013-05-04 (_) IGN - Star Wars: Episode VII - Mark Hamill on His Hope for a Balance Between CGI and Old School FX
2013-05-05 (_) Ain't It Cool News - Mark Hamill discusses Star Wars, confirms Carrie Fisher's involvement in the new Trilogy and much more!
2013-06-10 (O) Bleeding Cool - Is C-3PO In Star Wars Episode VII? Anthony Daniels Talks To Me About The New Films
2013-08-14 (_) Latino Review - ‘Palpatine’ Will Return (But Not As A Clone) in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ (Palpatine ghost)
2013-08-16 (_) Latino Review - EXCLUSIVE: Obi-Wan Kenobi Set To Return In ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ (Obi-Wan ghost)
2013-08-24 (_) Comicbook.com - Star Wars Episode VII: Ian McDiarmid Addresses Emperor Rumors
2013-09-03 (_) Comicbook.com - Star Wars Episode VII: No Original Cast Deals Yet, Billy Dee Williams Wants Jedi Daughter
2013-09-12 (O) E! - Ewan McGregor Returning for the Next Star Wars? Call Him, J.J. Abrams!
2013-09-18 (O) The Daily Express - Ewan McGregor wants to play older Obi Wan Kenobi in Star Wars 7
2013-09-23 (_) Den Of Geek - Exclusive: new Star Wars UK casting call (casting call for Tall Man)
2013-09-23 (O) Bleeding Cool - Seems To Me Like Chewbacca Is Coming Back – New Star Wars Casting Call Spells Out W.O.O.K.I.E.E (casting call for Tall Man)


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2013-09-23 (O) Bleeding Cool - Original Wookiee Peter Mayhew Intends To Keep The Role Of Chewbacca For Episode VII
2013-10-02 (O) Gala - Harrison Ford: "I never said I was going to Star Wars 7" (French)
2013-10-02 (O) Le Figaro - Star Wars VII : Harrison Ford denies his comeback (French)
2013-10-10 (O) Metro - Harrison Ford admits: I haven’t decided whether I’ll be in Star Wars 7
2013-10-11 (O) The Graham Norton Show - BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH, HARRISON FORD & the New Star Wars movie (video)
2013-10-14 (_) Film Buff Online - NYCC 2012: Exclusive – Did Anthony Daniels Just Confirm His Participation In STAR WARS: EPISODE VII?
2013-10-20 (_) Comicbook.com - Star Wars Episode VII: Billy Dee Williams Talks Coming Back With A Villain Son
2013-11-13 (O) The Late Show With David Letterman - Will Samuel L. Jackson Be In The New "Star Wars" Movie? (video)
2013-11-19 (*) StarWars.com - R2-D2 Is in Star Wars: Episode VII, and He’s Fan-Made (R2-D2)
2014-01-11 (T) The Hollywood Reporter - 'Star Wars' Rumors: Who Is J.J. Abrams Eyeing for 'Episode VII'? (original trio are main characters)
2014-01-16 (O) CNN - Ewan McGregor dishes on acting with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, and future Star Wars projects (video)
2014-01-17 (_) Latino Review - The 4 Most Important Star Wars Stories Of The Year (So far) (Luke)
2014-01-20 (O) TV Guide - Keck's Exclusives First Look: Carrie Fisher Visits Legit and Big Bang (Fisher: Hamill, Fisher, and Ford expected in March or April for Star Wars work.)
2014-01-22 (O) MTV - Mark Hamill Spills 'Star Wars' Secrets: What We Learned From His AMA
2014-01-30 (_) blastr - EXCLUSIVE: Billy Dee Williams on sci-fi, Star Wars, and whether Lando's coming back
2014-02-10 (_) Hitfix - Confirmed: Complete 'Star Wars: Episode VII' shooting dates revealed (anyone who could make a return will make a return)
2014-02-18 (_) Den Of Geek - Star Wars: Episode VII casting rumour latest (casting call for Leia)
2014-03-07 (_) /Film - Carrie Fisher Will Be In London For 6 Months Making ‘Star Wars Episode VII’
2014-03-18 (*) StarWars.com - STAR WARS: EPISODE VII SET TO ROLL CAMERAS MAY 2014 (story also stars some very familiar faces)
2014-03-23 (_) Red Carpet Report TV - Carrie Fisher at #BackstageAtTheGeffen 12th Annual Fundraiser @CarrieFFisher (video)
2014-04-01 (O) VH1 - Big Morning Buzz Live - Billy Dee Williams On Why His Star Wars Character Should Come Back With A Jedi Daughter
2014-04-04 (O) The Arsenio Hall Show - BILLY DEE WILLIAMS IS READY FOR THE NEXT 'STAR WARS'
2014-04-07 (T) The Hollywood Reporter - 'Star Wars: VII' Adds Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca (Exclusive) (Chewbacca)
2014-04-11 (O) The Age - Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew in Melbourne for Supernova fan convention
2014-04-25 (O) Global News - WATCH: C-3PO does traffic and weather for Global Calgary (video)
2014-04-28 (T) Deadline - Rumor Mill Wild As ‘Star Wars’ Cast Revelation Gets Close (Luke. Leia. Han. Han's role is 'gigantic'.)
2014-04-29 (*) StarWars.com - STAR WARS: EPISODE VII CAST ANNOUNCED (Han. Leia. Luke. C-3PO. Chewbacca. R2-D2.)
2014-05-01 (_) Entertainment Weekly Radio - Senior Writer Anthony Breznican's 'Details about Star Wars: Episode VII script' (audio) (Episode VII is a Han Solo story. He is one of the leads out of the entire cast. The story is also about the next generation and passing over the reigns. Leia and Luke have vital supporting roles.
2014-05-07 (O) Entertainment Weekly - 'Star Wars: Episode VII': Harrison Ford and Han Solo bury the lightsaber -- ESSAY (Han will be a lead along with the new young trio. Leia and Luke have strong supporting roles.)
2014-05-08 (_) Furious Fanboys - 5 Things From the Expanded Universe That Could Show Up in The Sequel Trilogy (Han is the rumored leader of the government)
2014-05-08 (O) Entertainment Weekly - Star Wars Episode VII A New Hope (Really) (May 16, 2014 Issue) (Han is a co-lead alongside the three young actors, unclear who in particular. Leia and Luke have 'significant roles'.)
2014-05-09 (_) Furious Fanboys - 10 Star Wars Episode VII Character Theories (Han is the rumored leader of the government. Leia rumored to be a Jedi.)
2014-05-16 (O) Orlando Sentinel - Mark Hamill's role in new 'Star Wars' movie began with lunch in Orlando
2014-06-09 (_) Movie Cricket - Star Wars Legend To Return As A Force Ghost In ‘Episode VII’ (four or more force ghosts, including Obi-Wan.)
2014-06-12 (T) The Hollywood Reporter - Harrison Ford Injured on the 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Set (Ford injured at Pinewood Studios)
2014-06-22 (O) STV - Harrison Ford injury puts Star Wars filming schedule in jeopardy (injury to Ford may trigger rewrite to Han's scenes)
2014-06-23 (_) Badass Digest - Could STAR WARS EPISODE VII Get Pushed To 2016? (Han, 'pretty much' the lead role. Assists the 'new characters on a quest across the galaxy.')
2014-06-23 (_) Ain't It Cool News - Harrison Ford's Broken Leg May Delay The Arrival Of EPISODE VII (Han, 'pretty much' the main character. Leads a 'galaxy-wide search party for Luke.')
2014-06-25 (_) Badass Digest - Harrison Ford’s Bone Density Loss Could Be Oscar Isaac’s STAR WARS EPISODE VII Gain (Han, 'is the star of this Star Wars'. Takes 'the new kids on a journey across the galaxy to find an old friend who had gone missing.')
2014-06-25 (O) NY Post - Oscar Isaac’s role in ‘Star Wars’ to be expanded after Ford injury (Disney denies reducing Ford's role and boosting Isaac's role)
2014-07-24 (O) BBC News - Mark Hamill, Luke Skywalker actor, on Star Wars: Episode VII (video)

Returning element news and rumors

2013-09-04 (_) Movie Cricket - Female Jedi For Star Wars 7! (Chiang and McCaig hint at Millennium Falcon)
2013-09-11 (_) Latino Review - J.J. Abrams Building ‘Star Wars’ Production Spaces In L.A. (Millennium Falcon)
2013-11-27 (_) Yahoo! Contributor Network - Star Wars Rumour: Millennium Falcon already built? (Millennium Falcon)
2014-02-18 (_) Den Of Geek - Exclusive: Star Wars: Episode VII, Indiana Jones 5 update (Millennium Falcon)
2014-04-15 (O) The National - Star Wars: Episode VII evidence in Abu Dhabi desert (Speculation: AT-AT foot/Imperial Walker foot)
2014-04-28 (_) The Hollywood Reporter reporter Borys Kit tweet (Millennium Falcon)
2014-05-16 (_) Latino Review - S7AR WARS - Death Becomes [Spoiler] (Stormtroopers)
2014-05-18 (O) Bleeding Cool - A Star Wars Spy Reports Chewbacca And Stormtroopers In The Snow (Stormtroopers)
2014-06-03 (O) TMZ - 'Star Wars Episode 7': Millennium Falcon -- HOLY CRAP!! (Millennium Falcon)
2014-06-18 (_) Badass Digest - The Tricky Part About Covering STAR WARS Rumors (Stormtroopers)
2014-06-19 (_) Joblo - EXCLUSIVE: SCOOP TIDBITS ON AVENGERS 2, ANT-MAN, AND STAR WARS VII! (Stormtroopers. Imperial remnants.)
2014-07-02 (_) Flickering Myth - Kevin Smith talks Star Wars Episode VII, confirms Stormtroopers (Stormtroopers. Lightsabers. Blasters.)
2014-07-02 (O) Starbust Magazine - Movie News: Kevin Smith Talks STAR WARS EPISODE VII Set Visit; Confirms Stormtrooper Presence and More...
2014-07-21 (*) StarWars.com - Star Wars: Force for Change - An Update from J.J. Abrams (video) (X-wing)

Location news and rumors

2013-05-14 (O) The Scotsman - New Star Wars film could be shot in Scotland
2013-05-18 (O) Gloucestershire Echo - Is Star Wars being filmed in Gloucestershire?
2013-08-26 (T) Variety - Where in the World Will the New ‘Star Wars’ Films Shoot?
2013-09-18 (_) Latino Review - ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ To Film In The City of Crosses, Saoirse Ronan Up For A Role, & We Debunk Benedict Cumberbatch Denials
2014-03-20 (_) News Of Iceland - Star Wars to be filmed in Iceland this April
2014-04-01 (_) Badass Digest - EPISODE VII Shoots May 14th In Morocco
2014-04-09 (T) The Hollywood Reporter - 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Filmmakers Re-Creating Tatooine in the Desert (Tatooine)
2014-04-10 (T) The Hollywood Reporter - 'Star Wars: Episode VII' to Shoot in Abu Dhabi (Tatooine)
2014-04-15 (O) The National - Star Wars: Episode VII evidence in Abu Dhabi desert (Abu Dhabi set description)
2014-04-16 (O) Al Arabiya News - Star Wars to film in Abu Dhabi? Rumors gain force
2014-04-22 (O) Bloomberg - 'Star Wars' Coming Back for 2015: Disney's Horn (video) (Horn: Confirms second unit work in Abu Dhabi and other places.)
2014-05-02 (_) Klapptrť - StjŲrnustrŪū team gets into his tight at EyjafjallajŲkull (second unit filming in Iceland)
2014-05-05 (O) 7DAYS - 7DAYS goes in search of Han Solo and the Star Wars crew in Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi set descriptions)
2014-05-10 (O) The National - Star Wars filming to start on May 13 in Abu Dhabi desert (Abu Dhabi set descriptions)
2014-05-15 (O) Gulf News - ‘Star Wars’ begins filming on Friday in Abu Dhabi
2014-05-16 (*) Bad Robot tweet #dayone ([My Note] clapperboard photo tweet sent out at 9:04am May 16 Abu Dhabi time. The GPS coordinates for the Abu Dhabi location revealed by the Bad Robot Instagram photo page source code are: latitude:24.234386667, longitude:54.305425)
2014-05-18 (O) Bleeding Cool - A Star Wars Spy Reports Chewbacca And Stormtroopers In The Snow (Iceland set description)
2014-05-21 (T) The Hollywood Reporter - It's Official: 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Filming in Abu Dhabi
2014-05-21 (*) StarWars.com - Star Wars: Force for Change - A Message from J.J. Abrams (video) (Abrams speaks from Abu Dhabi set)
2014-06-02 (O) TMZ - 'Star Wars Episode 7' Set Photos -- Super-Secret Pics & Spoilers From The Set! (Abu Dhabi set photos)
2014-06-11 (O) Western Daily Press - Could new Star Wars film be filmed in Forest of Dean locations in Gloucestershire?
2014-07-07 (O) ITV - Is Star Wars being filmed in the Forest of Dean ?
2014-07-07 (O) BBC News - Is Star Wars filming in Forest of Dean?
2014-07-07 (O) BBC News - Star Wars clues to Forest of Dean filming
2014-07-09 (O) The Daily Mail - The force is strong... in Gloucestershire: Cast and crew of the new Star Wars movie descends on Forest of Dean to film scenes for the hotly anticipated sci-fi sequel (photos)
2014-07-09 (O) Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Review - Forest, it is! (Endor. Dagobah.)
2014-07-10 (O) Bleeding Cool - Star Wars VII Is Indeed Filming Under The Code Name AVCO, In The Forest Of Dean
2014-07-16 (O) Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Review - Puzzlewood back to earth
2014-07-24 (O) Irish Examiner - Star Wars to shoot on Skellig Michael
2014-07-24 (O) Radio Kerry News - Could Skellig Michael appear in Star Wars 7?
2014-07-25 (O) Irish Independent - The Kingdom Strikes Back


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2013-08-11 (_) Jedi News - Star Wars Episode VII Rumour: Ian McDiarmid Returning (McDiarmid)
2013-09-05 (_) Jedi News - Star Wars Episode VII: Rumour Alert: Ksenia Solo To Play Han Solo's Daughter? (Ksenia Solo, possibly Han's daughter.)
2013-09-06 (_) RebelForce Radio - RebelForce Radio: September 6, 2013 (audio) (McIntyre, Jedi hinted.)
2013-09-23 (_) Jedi News - Star Wars Episode VII: Rumour Alert: Ksenia Solo Still On Casting Radar? (Ksenia Solo)
2013-09-23 (_) Jedi News - Star Wars Episode VII: David Oyelowo Cast in Episode VII (Oyelowo, Star Wars: Rebels character sets up Episode VII character.)
2013-10-19 (_) Jedi News - Star Wars Rumour Alert: Jedi Master SQL's Thoughts
2013-10-27 (_) Jedi News - Star Wars Episode VII: Rumour Alert: Harrison Ford Is Back (Han)
2013-11-02 (_) Jedi News - Star Wars Episode VII: Chiwetel Ejiofor Cast in Episode VII (Ejiofor)
2013-11-05 (_) Jedi News - An Official Disney Episode VII Casting Call Sheet?
2013-11-28 (_) Jedi News - Jedi Master SQL Discusses: Star Wars Episode VII (Chriqui. Dziena. Farmiga.)
2014-01-18 (_) Full Of Sith - Episode XLVIII: Joe Schreiber and the News (audio) (Dench, Mon Mothma.)
2014-01-26 (_) Star Wars Episode 7 News - Rumor: Star Wars: Rebels to Introduce Mara Jade and to Have a Strong Connection with Episode 7? (Jade. Jacen Solo. Jaina Solo. Ben Skywalker.)
2014-01-30 (_) Star Wars Episode 7 News - New Star Wars: Episode 7 Rumors. More on Mara Jade, the Star Wars Canon and Michael Arndt Working on Episode 8? (Skywalker son. Skywalker son's mother.)
2014-02-18 (_) Jedi News - Star Wars Rumour Alert: Casting For Princess Leia Imminent? (casting call for Leia)
2014-02-25 (_) Star Wars Episode 7 News - Rumor: More Fuel to the Ksenia Solo Rumor and Other Star Wars: Episode 7 Casting Bits. (Young version of one of the original trilogy characters. Weaver.)
2014-03-05 (_) Star Wars Episode 7 News - Rumor: Lily Collins Auditioned for Star Wars: Episode 7 Back in December? (Collins. Szohr.)
2014-03-17 (_) Star Wars Episode 7 News - Part 1: Latest Star Wars: Episode 7 Rumors. (Story takes place shortly after Episode VI. Luke's love interest is the main focus. Younger recasts of the OT possible.)
2014-03-25 (_) Star Wars Episode 7 News - New Curious Rumor About Luke's Son & What We Know About The Characters So Far.
2014-03-31 (_) 4chan - Details of Second Abrams/Kasdan Draft (Leia, becomes republic leader. Han, retired fleet veteran. Luke, not seen in decades. The new young trio is Han and Leia's daughter (the main character), Lando's son or daughter, and a male or female Stormtrooper. Villains are an older student of the emperor and his apprentice.)
2014-04-04 (_) Jedi News - RUMOR: Episode VII Already Filming in Cairo; Abu Dhabi a Selected Location?
2014-04-10 (_) Star Wars Episode 7 News - Rumor: Possible Star Wars: Episode 7 Plot Outline. (Arndt script: The Empire. Han and Leia imprisoned for years. Their children are orphans and search for Luke.)
2014-05-11 (_) Jedi News - Star Wars Episode VII: Rumour Alert: Adam Driver To Play Son Of Han and Leia? (Driver, son of Han and Leia.)
2014-05-15 (_) Star Wars Episode 7 News - Rumor: The Actor to Play Solo's Kid Still Not Revealed? (son of Han and Leia)
2014-06-06 (_) Making Star Wars - SOME RANDOM STAR WARS: EPISODE VII RUMORS! (Female villain. No new republic. Ridley portrays the main character.)
2014-06-16 (_) Making Star Wars - NOW, THIS IS PODCASTING! EPISODE 37 RUMORS: THE NATURE OF THE VILLAINS OF STAR WARS VII. WHO THEY ARE, WHAT THEY WANT, AND WHO IS PLAYING THEM! (Nyong'o, Driver, and Oyelowo are villainous 'Jedi hunters'.)
2014-06-17 (_) TheForce.net - No, The Villains Of Star Wars Episode VII Will Not Be 'Jedi Hunters'
2014-06-17 (_) Making Star Wars - RUMORS: THE STORMTROOPERS OF STAR WARS: EPISODE VII (Stormtroopers)
2014-06-19 (_) Star Wars 7 News - Rumor: Possible Star Wars: Episode 7 Action Sequences.
2014-06-19 (_) Making Star Wars - RUMOR: A SMALL TIDBIT ON STAR WARS: EPISODE VII’S NEW X-WING PARKED ON A SET (X-wing belongs to one of the new young trio)
2014-06-25 (_) Making Star Wars - STAR WARS: EPISODE VII IS ABOUT A SEARCH? (Ridley's character starts as a Tatooine resident. Boyega's character starts off bad or used to be bad.)
2014-06-25 (_) Making Star Wars - PLOT RUMORS ABOUT JOHN BOYEGA’S CHARACTER IN STAR WARS: EPISODE VII!
2014-07-09 (_) Star Wars 7 News - Will Darth Vader’s Costume Appear in Star Wars: Episode 7? More Rumors from the Production.
2014-07-11 (_) Star Wars 7 News - It’s a Wrap on the Puzzlewood Shoot. Little People Wanted for Extras? Not Ewoks!
2014-07-17 (_) Star Wars 7 News - Rumor: Possible Name for Daisy Ridley’s Episode 7 Character? Kira is not a Real Character Name!
2014-07-20 (_) Making Star Wars - MY THOUGHTS ON THE OPENING OF STAR WARS: EPISODE VII!


Casting call descriptions

Sourced above, these are descriptions from known casting breakdowns that began to emerge in June 2013—some later revised—up to the present time of this post.

2013-06-18 Casting Call

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[YOUNG MAN] Early 20s. Not classically handsome. He is witty and smart. Physically fit.
[MAN] Late 20s. Physically fit, handsome and confident.
[YOUNG WOMAN] Late teens. Physically fit, independent and with a great sense of humor.
[YOUNG WOMAN #2] Late teens. Tough, smart, physically fit.
[MAN - 40S] Physically fit, military type.
[MAN - 30ISH] An intellectual.
[MAN - 65-75] Tough and opinionated.
2013-09-05 Casting Call

Quote:
[YOUNG MAN] Early 20s. Handsome, but not necessarily heroic. He is witty and smart. Physically fit.
[MAN] Late 20s. Physically fit, handsome and confident.
[YOUNG WOMAN] Late teens. Physically fit, raw energy, independent and with a great sense of humor.
2013-09-23 Casting Call

Quote:
Tall Man (Male, 21 – 60) Male, 7 ft to 7.3 ft tall with a slim/thin build and upright posture. Nt too worked out or too ‘thick set’ especially in the shoulders. Broad facial features would be a bonus.
2013-10-31 Casting Call
My Note: Audition script directly based off of Katniss and Peeta from Chapter 19 of The Hunger Games book.

Quote:
Nationwide Search For Lead Roles For A Feature Disney Film

Seeking: Young woman to play 17-18 Years old. Must be beautiful, smart and athletic. Open to all ethnicities (including bi- and multi-racial).

RACHEL:
Was quite young when she lost her parents. With no other family, she was forced to maker her way alone in a tough, dangerous town. Now 17 she has become street smart and strong. She is able to take care of herself using humor and guts to get by.

Always a survivor, never a victim, she remains hopeful that she can move away from this harsh existence to a better life. She is always thinking of what she can do to move ahead.

Seeking: Young man to play 19-23 years old. Must be handsome, smart and athletic. Must be over 18.

THOMAS:
Has grown up without a father's influence. Without the model of being a man, he doesn't have the strongest sense of himself. Despite this, he is smart, capable and shows courage when it is needed. He can appreciate the absurdities in life and understands you can't take life too seriously.
See and use the General Star Wars Episode VII News/Speculation Thread for discussion on the news and rumors.
Use spoiler tags and/or blackout for any particularly detailed or specific rumors after this post.


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