‘Star Wars Episode VII’ Footage Is ‘Very, Very Exciting,’ Says Disney CEO

Disney CEO, Bob Iger saw some of the Star Wars Episode VII footage shot by director J.J. Abrams so far and he is happy about it. Speaking to CNBC’s Closing Bell on Tuesday the executive said he was pleased with what he saw.

This is encouraging to loyal fans, who are wondering just how the spirit of the saga will be affected by Disney’s takeover from Lucasfilm, which remains intimately involved with the Star Wars Episode VII production.

Here are Iger’s comments as it relates to the Star Wars Episode VII footage he has seen thus far:

“I can only tell you that production is underway. We have a very brief hiatus, which is due in part to the fact that Harrison Ford broke his ankle (leg).”

“The footage we’ve seen is very, very exciting to us. I think there’s about 500 days left between now and December 18th, 2015 when the movie comes out. That doesn’t seem like very long.”

“There’s a lot of pent up demand. We’re just as excited as the fans are about it.”

Harrison Ford walking after surgery to leg.
Harrison Ford walking after surgery to leg (Image via Twitter)

Are you as excited as Bob Iger is? Without knowing what kind of Star Wars Episode VII footage the Disney head has seen, we can sense his enthusiasm about the next installment in the saga.

When Disney bought Lucasfilm from George Lucas, and later on announced that a new trilogy was in the works, many met the information with skepticism. Star Wars fans are notoriously hard to please, and many of them are staunch followers of the original trilogy and the expanded universe.

Now that J.J. Abrams is firmly in place at the helm of Star Wars Episode VII and we have some unseen footage to talk about, things are definitely picking up in the excitement meter. Bringing back the original cast including the injured Ford (Han Solo), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), plus several up-and-comers will give this new chapter a feel of old.

Iger’s comments also confirm previously reported news that Harrison Ford is on the mend and even with the short break the production announced — to allow him time to recover — things are moving along nicely. Star Wars Episode VII’s release date is still December 18, 2015.

Star Wars original cast.

We cannot tell when we will see any kind of Star Wars Episode VII footage, but it will probably take a while yet. In the meantime, stay tuned for all the latest tidbits of information coming out of the much awaited production here at The Inquisitr.

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