It's happening. It's really happening.
The first official photo from the making of Episode VII was released today and even though it's what some may call a "boring" photo, I call it pretty damned exciting. Especially once you realize who you're looking at.
Writer/Director/Producer J.J Abrams (top center right) at the cast read-through of Star Wars Episode VII at Pinewood Studios with (clockwise from right) Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Producer Bryan Burk, Lucasfilm President and Producer Kathleen Kennedy, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Andy Serkis, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Adam Driver and Writer Lawrence Kasdan (who wrote Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi as well as Raiders of the Lost Ark).
Dear Lord, that's one satisfyingly classy photo.
I love that Andy Serkis is involved as well as seeing that Peter Mayhew and Anthony Daniels are at the script-reading, considering they might be too old to play Chewbacca and C-3PO at this point in their careers, yet there they be.
Starwars.com posted the pic with this remark from Abrams: "We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud."
Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.
So they finally got the band back together. Although one face seems to be missing; George Lucas. I mean, I know that he sold Star Wars off and is neither writing, producing and obviously not directing the film, but you'd think as the creator of the billion dollar franchise, he'd be allowed to at least hang out and eat some pop tarts or something. Then again, it's probably a smart thing to keep him far, far away.
Shame Spielberg didn't take the same advice and keep Lucas away from Crystal Skull.