Star Wars Episode VII director J.J. Abrams is apparently very thankful to have his cast and crew on board — finally — and has written a note letting them know how he feels.
As he takes on one of the most successful franchises in cinematic history, Abrams is no doubt feeling the pressure of putting out a film that will satisfy fans who have been waiting for years to see the continuation of the saga started by creator George Lucas.
This new episode in the Star Wars saga is truly a new phase in the story as Abrams comes in with fresh ideas, and Disney also plays a role in the direction the story will take in the future.
J.J. Abrams thanked his Star Wars Episode VII cast and crew by writing a note on script supervisor Dawn Gillian’s pink paper (check out the watermark):
“Dearest Cast and Crew, What an honor it is to work beside all of you, on Star Wars Ep VII. I can’t thank you enough, for all work past and future. Let’s take good care of not just ourselves, but of each other. Amazing, but true: the world awaits this film. Let’s give ’em something GREAT. xo JJ.”
Pretty cool to see that Abrams is aware of what he is taking on, as well of what fans expect of it. The world is anxiously waiting to see what the director and his crew will come up with.
Now, there are new details regarding the filming which began on Friday. We know because Abrams posted this photo to his @BadRobot Twitter account for all to rejoice.
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) May 16, 2014
Second unit production for Star Wars Episode VII began in April 2014 at Abu Dabi and Iceland locations and has also begun at Pinewood Studios in London. Additional locations will probably include Morocco and Tunisia.
Not much has been revealed about the plot for Star Wars Episode VII other than that it takes place 30 years after the events in Return Of The Jedi and will see the return of original characters Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), plus C3PO, R2 D2, and Chewbacca.
In a 2012 interview, George Lucas biographer Dale Pollock, who read the outline to 12 Star Wars Episodes, but signed a confidentiality agreement, said:
“The three most exciting stories were seven, eight and nine. They had propulsive action, really interesting new worlds, new characters. I remember thinking, ‘I want to see these three movies.'”
In April of this year, Lucasfilm announced that Star Wars Episode VII, VIII, IX would not follow ‘canon’ (Expanded Universe), although some elements could be included in the newest trilogy.
[Image via Twitter]