If we don’t find out some serious Star Wars facts stat we think we may burst! Although fortunately the most recent press release did give us some food for thought and Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed that the next installment will take place 30 years after the ending in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Just to recap, at the end of Episode VI the Empire has fallen and while the Luke, Han and Leia celebrate the victory we see the spirits of Obi Wan Kenobe and Anakin Skywalker finally reconciled and reunited.

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Fans of the Star Wars franchise have been most excited to find out who the “familiar faces” indicated in the press release would be. Since Disney paid over $4bn for the franchise in 2012 and announced they would release three new movies, there has been much speculation about the direction the movies would take. While Bob Iger didn’t discuss Star Wars Episode 7 casting for the new trilogy, he did confirm that cheeky droid R2D2 would be returning. Will R2’s old friends Luke, Leia, Han and C-3P0 be joining him?

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The latest press release states that Star Wars Episode VII “will star a trio of new young leads”, possibly the fresh blood will be the product of the open auditions which were held in the UK and Ireland at the end of last year. The roles cast were for a “street smart and strong” orphaned teenager girl, as well as a “smart capable” man a little older. We wonder if Leia and Han will have produced any offspring that will appear in the movie? We would love to find out what kind of child those two produced!

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As for the original trio, their IMDb pages give little away. Each are listed as ‘rumoured’ to star in the upcoming Stars Wars, although none as yet are confirmed. However, from what we have deduced, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill do have unusually free schedules over the next couple of years, each either currently filming with no new projects on the horizon, or with projects in post-production. That certainly bodes well for those of us who are desperately hoping that they will reprise their Star Wars characters!

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Filming for the latest movie is due to begin in May in London’s Pinewood studios, you definitely won’t catch up camped outside to try and catch a glimpse of who’s going in and out (no promises, though).

‘Girls’ star Adam Driver has been billed (but still only rumored) to play the new bad guy, we’ll looking forward to seeing him in a more sinister role than his wacky HBO character.

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