"Star Wars: Episode VII" Marks the Return of R2-D2


"Episode VII" will also feature a trio of new young leads.

Mar 19, 2014 | 04:08 PM

Star Wars fans rejoice: Disney CEO Bob Iger announced Tuesday director J.J. Abrams will begin filming "Star Wars: Episode VII" in May. Iger added that, because of Abrams' "penchant for secrecy," R2-D2 was the only "official cast member" he would announce. 

"Star Wars: Episode VII" will be set thirty years after "Episode VI: Return of the Jedi," which was the third in the first trilogy of Star Wars films released between 1977 and 1983. Disney, which purchased Star Wars production company LucasFilm for $4 billion in 2012, also announced "Episode VII" will star "a trio of new young leads," though no further details on casting or plot were made available.

However, there have been rumors about whether some of the franchise's beloved stars such as Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher would return to the new film. Additionally, it's been reported Academy Award-winner actress Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave") met with J.J. Abrams days before the Oscars ceremony to discuss a potential role in the upcoming Star Wars movie.   

"Star Wars: Episode VII" will arrive in theaters on December 18, 2015.

Cover image credit: Facebook.com/Star Wars 

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