Fans of George Lucas’ Star Wars franchise should be excited to know that the newest installment in the series, Star Wars: Episode VII, is already underway. Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn has confirmed that filming on this highly-anticipated project began this April. Horn has also confirmed that the casting for the film is almost complete, although he mentions that “We’re just not completely done yet.”
Adam Driver is confirmed in a starring role, with Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher reprising their roles as the stars of the original trilogy. J.J. Abrams, director of the recent Star Trek reboots, has been tapped by Disney to direct.
Star Wars: Episode VII is scheduled to open on Dec. 18, 2015.
Update: The Hollywood Reporter has just confirmed that the original Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) is set to reprise his legendary role in Star Wars: Episode VII. Since this now makes several original cast members confirmed to be appearing in the film, we’re now waiting on the word of Billy Dee Williams (or more like he is waiting on the word).