With so many rumors floating around, it’s finally good to hear some legitimate news about Star Wars: Episode VII.
The hugely anticipated next installment of the Star Wars franchise will be set 30 years after the events of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, according to Bob Iger, Walt Disney Company’s CEO.
The word broke during yesterday’s annual shareholders meeting, and aims to satiate fans who have been feverishly awaiting details involving the J.J. Abrams’ directed film.
Return of the Jedi was the third film in the first trilogy of Star Wars pictures that were released to critical acclaim between 1977 and 1983. While Iger did not reveal any casting or plot news, he did double-down on the confirmation that R2D2 will return in the revamped franchise. The official Star Wars website also posted Monday that the new films would feature “a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces,” and that filming would begin in May at London’s famed Pinewood Studios.
Over the course of six films, the Star Wars franchise have grossed more than $4.4 billion at the worldwide box office since the first film was released in 1977.
Star Wars: Episode VII will be released on December 18, 2015, and will be directed by J.J. Abrams.