At times it’s hard to believe we’re living in a world where a new Star Wars film will arrive in theaters in a little under two years. Star Wars: Episode VII is the highly anticipated result of Disney acquiring Lucasfilm, and since that announcement, everyone – journalists and fans alike – has been desperate for news about the sequel.

Other than the obvious fact that Episodes VII, VIII, and IX will follow chronologically after Episodes IV-VI, little is known about the newest Star Wars trilogy. The latest rumors suggest these films will be “inspired” by the canon of the Expanded Universe, something fans have been questioning since day one. Another report claims that the Star Wars 7 rewrites from Abrams and Kasdan shifted the focus of the plot to the “big three” – Luke, Leia, and Han.

The original actors – Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford –  are all expected to return for Episode VII, though this hasn’t be officially confirmed. Fisher has been quite outspoken in assuring fans she’s definitely onboard, even suggesting a March or April start date for filming. Now, Hit Fix is reporting that Star Wars: Episode VII will begin shooting in mid-May.

Episode VII will film at Pinewood Studios in London – the same studio that hosted Star Wars in 1977 – and already most set pieces, including a full-scale Millenium Falcon, are built and waiting to move in. Principal photography is expected to wrap in September, which leaves roughly a year for post-production.

In addition to confirming the production schedule, Hit Fix has also learned that casting is mostly complete. By now, all major roles have been filled and we’re left waiting for the official announcements. Which of the dozens of rumored actors attached to Star Wars 7 will turn out to actually be in Star Wars 7? Benedict CumberbatchSaoirse RonanChiwetel Ejiofor? Jesse Plemons? Gary Oldman? Judi Dench? Matt Smith? Michael Fassbender? (The list goes on…)

There’s much to learn in the three months between now and the start of filming for Episode VII. We’ll finally have a list of actors and their roles, and that’s on top of perhaps knowing the film’s direction and tone.  After that, it’s unclear how shrouded in secret Episode VII will be. Abrams has already said he believesthere’s a purity in not knowing every little thing,” so expect there to be very minimal reporting from the set.

Then again, Abrams might take a page out of Bryan Singer’s handbook and handle the leaking of information himself over social media. After all, Star Wars does have their own official Instagram account and Abrams took part in the first behind-the-scenes photo tweeted from Bad Robot’s Twitter account.

What do you think, Screen Rant readers? How soon till we get our very first casting announcement for Episode VII? Do you imagine there will be much information coming out of Pinewood while Star Wars is filming? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Star Wars: Episode VII will release on December 18th, 2015.

Source: Hit Fix