Time for some actual news about "Star Wars: Episode VII." According to Lucasfilm, production will begin on J.J. Abrams' science-fiction sequel in May at Pinewood Studios in London. Meanwhile, during a Disney shareholders meeting on Tuesday, it was revealed that the plot of "Episode VII" will take place 30 years after the events of "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi."
Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan wrote "Episode VII" after they "assumed screenwriting duties" from Michael Arndt back in October of 2013. No word yet on who will actually appear in the new "Star Wars" film beyond R2-D2, but fans should expect some "familiar faces" as well as "trio of young leads," per a tweet from The Wall Street Journal's Ben Fritz.
"Star Wars: Episode VII" is due out in theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.