Last week we reported that rumors were swirling stating that J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII would hit theaters on Christmas, 2015, a six month delay from its earlier reported summer release. Today, reports are surfacing via unnamed sources at Latino Review, a reputable news source, that Star Wars: Episode VII will begin filming on January 14th, 2014.
What does this mean? Well, it means that Disney and Abrams will need to almost immediately begin casting their principal cast in order to begin filming in just over four months. If the date proves true, we’ll begin to hear casting announcements in the coming weeks, which should reveal how Abrams and Disney plan to handle the Star Wars plot after Episode VI.
It also means that the release date could very well still be up in the air, as January filming would allow production to complete in time for a summer release, although it would be cutting it close. Rather, our interpretation is that Disney will hold off on releasing the film until Christmas to allow for the post production time needed to polish such an ambitious project. Additionally, it is incredibly unlikely that Disney wants to see its Star Wars revival go up against its already-planned summer Marvel releases.
As always with rumors and unnamed sources, nothing is confirmed until Abrams or Disney comment on it themselves. Still, with such a reliable source reporting news corroborated by prior release date leaks, we’re starting to believe that Star Wars isn’t far from entering production!