SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – San Francisco-based Lucasfilm and parent company Disney has announced principal photography will begin on the seventh film of the series in May.

Lucasfilm has documented the first day of filming and its location since “Star Wars: A New Hope” on March 22, 1976 in Tunisia. This also marks the first time Lucasfilm begins shooting at Pinewood Studios, London in the month of May.

Star Wars’ Twitter also posted an announcement on their news feed:

The film is set 30 years after the events in “Episode Six: Return of the Jedi,” after the fall of the Empire. Star Wars VII’s director J.J. Abrams is currently making preparations at Pinewood. As of yet, only the names of actors such as “Girls” actor Adam Driver are said to be attached to the project, but no official casting announcements have been made.

During a company shareholders meeting in Portland, Oregon on Tuesday, Disney Chief Bob Iger said “Rumor has it that almost every actor in the world has been cast in this movie, but so far, the official cast member that we’ve confirmed, the only one, is R2D2. Played by R2D2,” according to Variety Magazine.

“Star Wars: Episode VII” is scheduled for theatrical release on December 18, 2015.


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