'Star Wars VII' casting 'almost complete' as principal photography nears

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Our view of the coming Star Wars cast is getting better: instead of a big dark blur, we see a big bright blur.

Although pretty much every breathing actor or actress in Hollywood has been rumored for a role in the new trilogy of Star Wars films, Disney studio boss Alan Horn says they are finally getting close to revealing who will be populating that far, far away galaxy.

In an interview with Bloomberg TV, the chairman of the Walt Disney Studios teased and tantalized without saying a whole lot: Casting, he said, is “almost complete. We’re not prepared to announce it yet, but we will be very shortly announcing what we’re doing.”

Girls star Adam Driver is among those who is definitely in the movie, sources close to the films tell EW, although the studio and Lucasfilm is waiting for closer to the start of principal photography before confirming the slate of stars. Expect to see some totally new actors joining the line-up, as well as familiar stars from the original trilogy — although that is hardly surprising. Director J.J. Abrams has expressed a desire to blend this new series with the original one.

Horn also acknowledged that some filming is underway already, although it seems to be more visual string-gathering by secondary photography crews: “We haven’t commenced the main part of principle photography yet,” Horn said. “We did some second unit work in Abu Dhabi and other places because we have all these locations we have to film, and we have to give it that Star Wars-ian look – if I can use that as an adjective. So we need to go to different places that give us the right look and feel.”

Star Wars: Episode VII is set to open on Dec. 18, 2015, although every previous Star Wars film has premiered in the spring. Bloomberg’s Jon Erlichman asked if the following movies would stick to that winter spot. “We’re not sure yet,” Horn said. “The other Star Wars dates have been May, and we may revert to that at some point. But it depends on the readiness of the screenplays and where we are.”

The studio also has announced plans to do at least two spin-off films that are separate from the new trilogy, and will release them in the years between trilogy installments. After Disney CEO Robert Iger confirmed those projects, sources close to them told EW they will be a young Han Solo film, set before the events of 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope, and a saga about Boba Fett and his rival bounty hunters, set either right before or after The Empire Strikes Back.

There is so much space junk floating around regarding rumors of the new Star Wars films that the trick now is filtering out the truth from the falsehoods. Those who believe too much, too soon should heed the words of The Emperor:

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