"Star Wars: Episode VII" to be set 30 years after "Return of the Jedi"

Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford as Luke Skywaker, Princess Leia and Han Solo in scene from "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope." AP

The next installment in the "Star Wars" film franchise will take place 30 years after "Return of the Jedi," it was revealed Tuesday.

Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger shared the "Star Wars: Episode VII" news at the company's annual shareholders meeting in Portland, Ore., Reuters reports.

Few details about the J.J. Abrams-directed project have been released, but the official "Star Wars" website teased that the film will star "a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces."

Actors reportedly being considered for the film include Adam Driver ("Girls") and Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave"). Iger did not confirm any casting news Tuesday, other than saying that R2D2 would be returning.

Filming on Disney and Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: Episode VII" is set to begin in May, with a release date set for Dec. 18, 2015.

  • Jessica Derschowitz

Comments

CBSN Live

pop-out
Live Video

Watch CBSN Live

Watch CBS News anytime, anywhere with the new 24/7 digital news network. Stream CBSN live or on demand for FREE on your TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone.