‘Star Wars: Episode VII’s Time Period Is Good News For Hamill, Fisher, & Ford

More news just keeps rolling in for that new Star Wars movie, but this time it's not another casting rumor. We now know two things for sure: One, that this thing isn't going away, and two, that the Star Wars sequel will be set 30 years after Return of the Jedi. I know! It's crazy, right? All those conversations where you said, "What the hell? Does there really need to be another one?! Ughhhh," didn't pay off and they're still making that movie!

As for the 30 years later thing, this works out perfectly for the rumors that Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford will be returning. Return of the Jedi came out in 1983, so just over 30 years ago, meaning that the actors will all look the part with no creepy aging makeup necessary.

Walt Disney Co.'s CEO Bob Iger made the annoucement on Tuesday at the company's shareholders meeting. Iger didn't confirm anything else during the meeting other than the fact that R2D2 will be returning. They might need a little old age rust for him. (If any hardcore Star Wars fans are reading this, I apologize if R2 is made out of a special alloy that isn't effected by the environment.)

The news of the new movie's time period comes soon some big more announcements on the Star Wars website. A statement was posted on Monday saying that filming for the seventh movie will begin in May and that it will feature "a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces." The film is set for a Dec. 18, 2015 release.

It sounds like there's a very good chance Fisher, Hamill, and Harrison will be returning, but as for that new trio, it's anyone's guess. Lupita Nyong'o has been rumored to be joining the cast and Adam Driver is thought to be playing a villain. (Again, sorry hardcore fans, I'm sure you have this all figured out and I sound like a newb. "Duh, Lia, it was clearly foreshadowed in scene six, minute eight of The Empire Strikes Back that Han and Leia would have a child...")

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