The movie will be directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi).
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Jack Ryan, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds) serving as executive producers.
It has also been confirmed that legendary movie composer John Williams is on board and will be scoring the entire sequel trilogy.
In a press release on Star Wars official website, The Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said: “We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture”
It has also been reported that open casting sessions for two lead roles for Episode VII are being staged at locations around the UK including London, Bristol, Manchester, Dublin and Glasgow.
Principal shooting for the highly anticipated Star Wars film is scheduled to begin in spring 2014 at London’s Pinewood Studios.