Confirmed: STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Is Already Filming; Most Of Main Cast "In Place"

Yesterday we reported on a rumor that J.J. Abrams' Star Wars flick may already be shooting in Cairo, Egypt, and now Disney chief Alan Horn has confirmed that filming is indeed already underway, though he doesn't mention the location. Horn also provides a casting update.

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 4/6/2014

While chatting to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney chief Alan Horn confirmed that filming has already begun for Star Wars: Episode VII. "We're actually shooting some of it now" he said. "We're up against it. But also it's the screenplay, because it has to be… You know, this is 'Episode VII', so there's IV, V, VI, and this is VII, so it takes off where VI left off, and where VI left off is 35 years ago.". He also reveals that the script is finally ready after several rewrites. Horn does not mention Cairo as the location, but I'd say it's a safe bet that Jedi News were accurate with their scoop. But what about casting? Other than pretty much every actor under 40 in Hollywood being rumored to have read for a role, aside from Girls actor Adam Driver, we haven't had any solid word or official announcements. But, they may not be very far away as Horn states that “we have a lot of them [in place], we’re just not completely done yet.” Keep an eye on CBM for any further announcements. Personally I feel a press release isn't far away.
Source: THR
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charlie2094 - 4/6/2014, 11:49 AM
Wow! That's pretty damn impressive, how secretive they've managed to keep this! Seemed like an all but impossible task today...wonder when they'll announce anything? Surely it can't remain that secretive for too long, especially once they begin shooting? With the hundreds involved, somethings got to give at some stage

Imagine if we knew nothing about it before the trailer release? That'd be amazing

Mrsinister - 4/6/2014, 11:50 AM
Hell yeah!
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 4/6/2014, 11:51 AM
This whole movie is such a mystery. More than Superman/Batman
MikeHawk - 4/6/2014, 11:52 AM
Here we go again with Abrams being too secretive
Prime - 4/6/2014, 11:55 AM
No cast? Come on Abrams.
MrCBM56 - 4/6/2014, 11:56 AM
Holy shit. Bravo to the crew for keeping production such a mystery. I still want to know who's cast though.
IronAsgaardian95 - 4/6/2014, 11:57 AM
It has begun!
DrunkenNukem - 4/6/2014, 12:07 PM
WHAT MAIN CAST???

WHAT CAST???

WHAT TITLE?????

This movie is getting release in 2015...MOS sequel is getting release in 2016, so they have the right to take their time...and they even have announce their cast...this movie however...
jambabeanjuice - 4/6/2014, 12:07 PM
I really hope that this one will be good. I do trust Abrams but I have a bad feeling about this.
dutchman - 4/6/2014, 12:08 PM
Begun it has
grif - 4/6/2014, 12:08 PM
i would be happy if there was not one lightsaber in the movie
Sophisticated - 4/6/2014, 12:08 PM
Well only three more years.
TheAbaryMan369 - 4/6/2014, 12:12 PM
This'll take a while to film, plus the massive work that'll be put into it in post.
DrVenkman - 4/6/2014, 12:12 PM
In Abrams we trust
MrMartinMarvel - 4/6/2014, 12:12 PM
I know they wanna keep the movie's production secretive, but would it kill them to announce the main cast?
nikgrid - 4/6/2014, 12:14 PM
You know, this is 'Episode VII', so there's IV, V, VI, and this is VII, so it takes off where VI left off...

"God, you can count. See! I knew you had to be smart to be a... a wrestler."

:)
CaptainAmerica31 - 4/6/2014, 12:14 PM
Honestly if more movies were this secretive we wouldn't have a site like this, cause the amount of news coming out would he so limited. Anyways, it's still very impressive they're keeping this under wraps well. What story line do y'all think they're going with? I know it's new but will it be sith vs Jedi? I was thinking about it and I can see them doing a captain America the winter soldier type of deal. The Sith are undercover government officials and they strike at one particular moment in time tearing down the republic. Idk, I hope Abrams does a good job and it's original with a likable cast
ALegendaryPanda - 4/6/2014, 12:15 PM
I have no doubt that this movie will be [frick]ing awesome. But I really hope they announce something soon.
TheBaroness89 - 4/6/2014, 12:17 PM
can't wait to see who is actually in this movie
xfan320 - 4/6/2014, 12:18 PM
I think JJ is gonna play the whole secretive bit a little better this time... He admitted his mistakes with "Khan" in ST:ID...

I believe he probably just wants to keep the good stuff hidden! Maybe even announcing the entire cast soon, and while we're busy gushing over the lineup he'll be busy filming the money shots and getting principal actors in & out quick! And if he were smart, that's EXACTLY what he's doing in Cairo now!
LP4 - 4/6/2014, 12:18 PM
Great, Abrams will pull his 'mystery box' crap again like he did with STID. This is one film I will not follow too closely due to Abrams involvement no offense
MexicanChinman - 4/6/2014, 12:22 PM
@grif, I guess you won't be happy then.
Danbojohnj - 4/6/2014, 12:23 PM
The Force is strong with this one.....
soforizo - 4/6/2014, 12:24 PM
grif - 4/6/2014, 12:08 PM
i would be happy if there was not one lightsaber in the movie
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LeroyJenkins - 4/6/2014, 12:24 PM
star wars without a lightsaber? thats unethical
MrMartinMarvel - 4/6/2014, 12:27 PM
I actually kinda agree with @grif, lightsabers were WAY overused in the prequel trilogy, so I'd actually be open to something new.
soforizo - 4/6/2014, 12:27 PM
I hope this film is entirely different than Star Trek... those two franchises need to have their separate identity.
soforizo - 4/6/2014, 12:29 PM
@MrMartinMarvel

Way overused is one thing, removing them entirely is over correcting.
LordOfTheZegaRealm - 4/6/2014, 12:30 PM
Wow I am impressed how secret they have kept this movie. We've barely heard anything about this episode.
SauronsBANE - 4/6/2014, 12:34 PM
"i would be happy if there was not one lightsaber in the movie"

Couldn't agree more, grif. Right on.
MrMartinMarvel - 4/6/2014, 12:34 PM
@soforizo True, but like I said I KINDA agree with grif. I wanna see cool lightsaber fights as much as the next guy, but I'd prefer if they were few and far between, just so it's more satisfying when they do whip them out.
LordOfTheZegaRealm - 4/6/2014, 12:34 PM
@MrMartianMarvel I have to disagree. How can you have less lightsabers in a star wars movie? That's madness!
charlie2094 - 4/6/2014, 12:36 PM
Star Wars without lightsabers?

Star Wars really revolves around Jedi, of course there will be lightsabers :P

Maybe some sort of spinoff could not have any, but really, there will absolutely be Jedi and such in the film. Guaranteed that at least Luke will have one :P Might not necessarily have a similar Jedi vs Sith story, but lightsabers is a given..
pintoman - 4/6/2014, 12:41 PM
No, we do not trust in Abrams.
SauronsBANE - 4/6/2014, 12:41 PM
I took grif's comment as exaggeration to make a point (although I REALLY would be happy if there wasn't a single lightsaber in it at all). I'm sure they're going to be in the movie, but the less lightsabers, the better IMO.

Look back at the original trilogy, they don't whip their lightsabers out in every. single. scene. That's exactly what made the few one-on-one lightsaber duels that much more visceral, exciting, and memorable. Jedis are supposed to be more than just lightsaber fights and fancy, ridiculously over-choreographed moves.

Compare that to the prequels, where they don't give any effort to characterize any of the Jedis, and just rely on an overload of lightsaber fights and fancy moves. It was all style over substance.
SauronsBANE - 4/6/2014, 12:42 PM
And unfortunately, "style over substance" sums up JJ Abrams to a 'T'
MrMartinMarvel - 4/6/2014, 12:43 PM
^^^Couldn't have said it better myself.
MrBatmor - 4/6/2014, 12:47 PM
why are they keeping the cast a secret?
TheSonOfKrypton - 4/6/2014, 12:47 PM
MOAR LITESAYBARS.

soforizo - 4/6/2014, 12:51 PM
@SauronsBANE1

Grif talks in hyperboles most of the time. I'm just playing around with the idea.
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