Ever since Disney (NYSE:DIS) obtained the rights to the Star Wars franchise with its purchase of Lucasfilm in October 2012, fans of the sci-fi series have been happily speculating and sharing rumors about the upcoming films and video games. However, despite the high level of fan interest, Disney has revealed very few details about the cast and storyline for the next trilogy of Star Wars films. On the other hand, fans of Star Wars video games have received a bit more information about Electronic Arts’ (NASDAQ:EA) plans for several upcoming video games based on the highly-successful sci-fi franchise. Here’s a roundup of the latest rumors and information about the next generation of Star Wars films and video games.
First, let’s recap information about the upcoming Star Wars film that has already been officially confirmed. As most fans who have been following news about the film’s development already know, J.J. Abrams was tapped to direct Star Wars Episode VII early last year. According to The Los Angeles Times, Abrams is also handling screenwriting duties alongside Lawrence Kasdan, after Michael Arndt was dropped from the project.
Disney CEO Bob Iger recently confirmed a few more details about Star Wars Episode VII at the company’s annual shareholder meeting, reports The Guardian. Iger confirmed that the events in the upcoming film would take place thirty years after 1983’s Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. The official Star Wars website confirmed that principal photography on the film will start in May 2014 in London’s Pinewood Studios, and the film will be released in theaters December 18, 2015.