Star Wars fans have been eager for some solid news to break up the never-ending rumors or casting choices that seem to have a fair number of people scratching their heads. For every discussion about how much of the story will be dedicated to re-visiting old characters, or what Expanded Universe material the filmmakers could be using for the sequel trilogy, there’s been just as much (if not more) curiosity about what the story will be about, what new characters we could see – and of course, how J.J. Abrams’ Episode VII fits into the overall timeline of the Star Wars saga.
As to that latter point, we now have answer for the chronology of Episode VII: it takes place 30 years after Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
The Episode VII chronology was revealed by a source named Ben Fritz (via Twitter), reporting from an Disney earnings calls where Bob Iger reportedly dropped some Star Wars details:
MT @benfritz: Star Wars EpVII will take place 30 yr after Return of the Jedi, Iger says. "Very familiar faces" along w/trio of young leads— Zach Dennis (@zdennis24) March 18, 2014
Hardcore Star Wars fans are no doubt going to dissect that time setting for possible clues as to Episode VII‘s plot – and a likely starting point is once again going to be EU literature.