Star Wars sequel set 30 years after Return of the Jedi

19 March 2014

Return of Return of the Jedi!

Star Wars: Episode VII will be set 30 years after Return of the Jedi, and will begin shooting in May, it has been confirmed.

With the original starring trio of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher have long been rumoured to return to the megafranchise (Fisher herself confirmed as much), this timeline makes sense.

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi - the last movie in the series, chronologically - was released in 1983, 31 years ago.

The May shoot date had been heavily rumoured from a number of sources.

Disney CEO Bob Iger disclosed the news during a conference call with shareholders. The news was later verified on

After months of rumour, speculation, and conjecture, this is finally a bit of hard-and-fast factual information from Disney.

So far, details have been sparser and more arid than the deserts of Tatooine.

Only R2-D2 has been officially confirmed to return to the series.

Actors rumoured to appear in the cast include (deep breath...) Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sullivan Stapleton, Liam McIntyre, Simon Pegg, Zac Efron, Jesse Plemons, John Boyega, Ed Speelers, Matthew James Thomas, Ray Fisher, Luipta Nyong’o, and - as Sky Movies exclusively revealed to the world - Gary Oldman.

Star Wars: Episode VII will be released on December 18th, 2015.

[Source: Moviefone]