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Is This The Casting Call For Episode VII?

Posted By Eric on February 18, 2013

The website Disney Film Casting has posted what appears to be a casting call for Star Wars Episode VII. The document contains the following introductory material:

Lucasfilm, an owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, in association with Bad Robot Productions and Genre Films is in active development on the highly anticipated epic feature film "Star Wars: Episode VII". Although shooting will commence in the summer, studio level casting is now underway with Harrison Ford being the first actor officially on board. Filming will begin with battle scenes being shot in a quarry overlooking the sprawling Bluewater complex not far from London, UK. Filming will also take place in various locations in Los Angeles and other areas.

"Star Wars: Episode VII" will be an original story and not directly based on the various novels, graphic novels, or other materials in the Star Wars Expanded Universe that take place during the post-Return of the Jedi time period. Disney aims to continue the story that began back in 1977. The film will call for much older versions of the main characters returning along with other fan favorites. In addition to "Star Wars: Episode VIII" and "Star Wars: Episode IX," Disney also is developing stand-alone movies that will come out over the next six years involving Young Han Solo, Boba Fett and Yoda. Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg lined up to develop the movies for Disney.
If the casting call is authentic, we now know the following about Episode VII:
  • Filming will begin this summer.
  • Harrison Ford has signed on to play Han Solo.
  • The first scenes to be shot will be "battle scenes" and they will be shot in London.
  • Ford and the other returning characters will be "much older" than when we last saw them.
  • Standalone films starring Boba Fett, Yoda, and a young Han Solo are indeed in the works.
Of course, this document could be fake. We're working our sources to get an answer as to its authenticity. Lucasfilm has not yet returned TFN's request for comment.

UPDATE: Miles Perkins, Director of Corporate Communications for Lucasfilm, told TFN in an email that "This is not a legitimate casting call." So much for that then!


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