Director J.J. Abrams, Walt Disney Pictures, and LucasFilm are heading to Pinewood Studios in London next year to shoot the highly-anticipated sequel Star Wars: Episode VII.
Star Wars: Episode VII will shoot at U.K.'s Pinewood Studios next year
We reported last month that the production was heading to the U.K., but that report didn't specify which of the famed British studios this sci-fi adventure would be shot in. The production is already setting up shop at Pinewood to begin preparations for the early 2014 shoot, with casting already under way. Earlier this week, leaked casting breakdowns revealed more information about the new characters fans will see when Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters in 2015.
All six of the previous Star Wars movies had utilized U.K. studios such as Pinewood, Elstree, Shepperton, Leavesden, and Ealing. Here's what producer Kathleen Kennedy had to say about shooting in the U.K. in May.
"We've devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I'm thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that. Speaking from my own longstanding connection to the UK with films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Empire of the Sun and recently War Horse, it's very exciting to be heading back."
J.J. Abrams is directing from a screenplay by Michael Arndt. We'll keep you posted with more details regarding the production as we near closer to the start of principal photography.