Disney reveals Star Wars sequel to start filming in May

Episode VII, directed by JJ Abrams, to feature ‘trio of new, young leads’

 R2-D2 from the Star Wars series of films. Photograph: Getty Images

R2-D2 from the Star Wars series of films. Photograph: Getty Images

Wed, Mar 19, 2014, 08:37

The new Star Wars sequel has an official timeline and one confirmed returning character — the robot R2-D2, Disney has announced.

Director JJ Abrams will begin shooting in May on Star Wars: Episode VII, which is set three decades after 1983’s Return Of The Jedi, Disney chief executive Bob Iger said.

Speaking at the company’s annual shareholder’s meeting in Portland, Oregon, Mr Iger said the movie would feature “some very familiar faces along with a trio of new, young leads”.

Abrams has a penchant for secrecy, and Mr Iger said R2-D2 was the only “official cast member” he would announce.

Episode VII is set for release in December 2015.

Mr Iger also said Pixar plans a third Cars animated film and a sequel to 2004’s The Incredibles.