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New Star Wars film to be set 30 years after Return Of The Jedi

Published on Mar 19, 2014 6:11 AM
Star Wars Trilogy - Star Wars The Special Edition starring (from left) Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford. -- FILE PHOTO: CINEMA STILL

PORTLAND, Oregon (REUTERS) - The highly anticipated next instalment of the Star Wars franchise will be set 30 years after Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi, Walt Disney Co's chief executive officer Bob Iger said on Tuesday at the company's annual shareholders meeting.

Disney purchased Star Wars production company LucasFilm for US$4.05 billion (S$5.12 billion) in 2012 and announced it would release three new films in the popular sci-fi series. Fans have been avidly awaiting details of the next film, Star Wars: Episode VII. Return Of The Jedi was the third film in the first trilogy of Star Wars released between 1977 and 1983. The series is set in a galaxy far, far away, in the past.

Mr Iger did not reveal any casting news, other than to confirm the return of the robot character R2D2. The official Star Wars website posted on Monday the new films would feature "a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces", and that filming would begin in May at London's famed Pinewood studios.

Rumours have swirled for over a year on whether some of the franchise's stars, including Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, would return. Trade magazines have reported that rising stars including Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o and Girls actor Adam Driver were being considered.

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