Disney still haven't received completed screenplay

The script for Star Wars: Episode VII has been delayed, according to reports.

As Digital Spy reports, Disney are yet to receive a completed version of the screenplay, which is currently being reworked, and it is now not expected to be finished until January 2014.

It was revealed in October that director JJ Abrams and Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi writer Lawrence Kasdan had taken over scriptwriting duties. Originally, Toy Story 3‘s Michael Arnd had been hired to write the film.

Speaking previously about the script, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy said: “I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and JJ working on the script. There are very few people who fundamentally understand the way a Star Wars story works like Larry, and it is nothing short of incredible to have him even more deeply involved in its return to the big screen. JJ of course is an incredible storyteller in his own right.

“Michael Arndt has done a terrific job bringing us to this point and we have an amazing filmmaking and design team in place already prepping for production.”

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.