'Star Wars Episode VII' Set 30 Years After 'Return of The Jedi'

'Star Wars Episode VII' will be set 30 years after 'Return of the Jedi'. Could that chronology be connected to expanded universe mythos and characters?

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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: