'Star Wars: Episode VII' script finished, says JJ Abrams

Film will open in December 2015

'Star Wars: Episode VII' script finished, says JJ Abrams

JJ Abrams has revealed that the script for Star Wars: Episode VII has now been completed.

It was revealed in December last year that Disney still hadn't received a completed version of the screenplay. Abrams and Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi writer Lawrence Kasdan had taken over scriptwriting duties in October, after Toy Story 3's Michael Arnd had originally been hired to write the film.

Speaking to the Wrap about the film's progress, he said: "We're working really hard and we've got our script and we're in deep prep. Full steam ahead." The director also addressed the many rumours surrounding the film, adding: "There've been so many of them. It's amazing to see how many there are. But it's sweet because it shows that there’s an interest in this movie that we all obviously know is there.

He continued: "But it is an incredible thing to see how many crazy things get thrown out that people often then write commentaries about. How happy they are, how disappointed they are about something that is completely false. It's a lot of noise, frankly."

Star Wars: Episode VII is expected to open in cinemas on December 18, 2015, with shooting due to begin next Spring (2014) at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire.

Harrison Ford and fellow original stars Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill are all expected to be returning, though Ford claimed he has "not quite made the choice" during a TV interview earlier this year (October). Atonement's Saoirse Ronan and The Wire actor Michael B Jordan have both revealed they have auditioned for roles and Benedict Cumberbatch, who worked with Abrams on this year's Star Trek Into Darkness, has been linked to the film too.

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