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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

March 18, 2014 at 1:33 PM

It’s baaack . . . ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ filming soon

Big news today for “Star Wars” fans, and I’m not talking about Billy Dee Williams being on “Dancing with the Stars” (though yes, he was). At a Disney shareholder’s meeting in Portland this week, company CEO Bob Iger announced that J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII” will begin shooting in May (primarily at London’s Pinewood Studios), and that its events would take place 30 years after the events of “Return of the Jedi.” The film has a release date — December 18, 2015 — but the cast remains a mystery, though Adam Driver (of HBO’s “Girls”) is rumored to play a villain, and recent Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave’) is supposedly chatting with Abrams about a possible role. On casting, Iger would only say that it will feature “some very familiar faces along with a trio of new young leads” and that “Rumor has it that almost every actor in the world has been cast in this movie, but so far, the official castmember that we’ve confirmed — the only one –  is R2D2.” OK then. Stay tuned.

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