Earlier this month, we reported that Star Wars: Episode VII will begin production in May, running through September at Pinewood Studios in London. Casting has been under way for months now, although we haven't heard anything concrete about who will be starring in this highly anticipated sequel.
Today, we have yet another rumor that Transformers: Age of Extinction star Jack Reynor has landed an unspecified role in the sequel, news which, of course, has not been confirmed. In addition, LucasFilm released the following behind-the-scenes production photo, which features director J.J. Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy, production designer Rick Carter, Jason McGatlin, John Knoll and Kim Libreri. Check out the photo, and then read on for more details about the Millennium Falcon's presence in this follow-up.
It hasn't been specified who Jack Reynor is playing, but it's possible that he's playing the child of Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Luke Skywalker (Harrison Ford) or Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher). The original script by Michael Arndt reportedly focused on these original trilogy characters' offspring, but the new script by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan shifts the focus back to the original characters, who pass the torch onto their offspring in the subsequent sequels Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX
While it isn't exactly clear when this photo was taken, fans will notice the iconic Millennium Falcon on the artwork behind this production group. We reported in November that a full-scale model of Han Solo's spaceship has been built at Pinewood Studios, which is even larger than in the original Star Wars trilogy. That report has been essentially confirmed by a new story from Den of Geek, which also reveals that crewmembers are building light saber hilts. These crewmembers have reportedly signed seven-year contracts, which cover the three sequels and three spin-off movies as well.
In related LucasFilm news, sources at Pinewood claim that stages have been booked in advance for Indiana Jones 5, although a production start date wasn't specified. Of course, there is no script or director in place yet, but we reported in October that Disney was using Indiana Jones 5 as a "bargaining chip" to get Harrison Ford back to play Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode VII, meaning Disney will greenlight the Indy sequel if he reprises his role as Han Solo.
We also reported in December that Disney purchased the rights to the Indiana Jones franchise, although they still haven't formally announced that Indiana Jones 5 is actually in development. Disney's Alan Horn said in December that a sequel is still many years off, so just because the studio has space booked at Pinewood, doesn't mean production will happen anytime soon. These developments also come just a few days after the news that LucasFilm's Industrial Light and Magic is opening a London office for Star Wars: Episode VII and Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is shooting at Shepperton Studios.