News: Star Wars: Episode VII begins shooting, but little else confirmed...

Despite not having officially confirmed its main cast yet, Star Wars Episode VII, according to Disney Chief Executive Alan Horn's comments to the Hollywood Reporter, has begun shooting. The film is set to release on December 2015.

Rumoured to return to the fray, alongside the rumoured casting of original trilogy actors Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, is Chewbacca performer Peter Mayhew. Mayhew, 69, signalled his intention to play Han Solo's wookie partner in crime once again last September. He has already starred as Chewbacca in four other Star Wars films – the original trilogy that ran between 1977 and 1983, and 2005's Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Mayhew's announcement that he could no longer make an appearance at May's Comicpalooza event in Texas "due to filming" set the rumour mill spinning even further. To date however,  Disney have confirmed only that the droid R2D2 will definitely be in the films.

                                Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew

                               Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew

Lastly, the Hollywood Reporter again quotes Star Wars insider sources for its latests report that Episode VII will feature an extensive re-creation of the desert planet Tatooine from the original trilogy. Scenes will be shot in what is being described as a "Morocco-like environment". The original Tatooine, home of Luke and Anakin Skywalker and which appeared as a setting in five of the previous six films, was filmed in Southern Tunisia. Disney has not confirmed.


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