April 21, 2015 – Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy revealed in an interview with the BBC that Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is “not quite assembled” but coming together on schedule satisfactorily:
JJ [Abrams, the director] is editing the third act as we speak. We’ll probably take a look at the film early summer. We’ve been working on effects as we’ve been moving along. We’ll score the movie a little bit in June, and then throughout the summer. So it’ll be a process as it comes together. But everything I’ve seen has been fantastic. I mean it just gets better and better and better as it all comes together.”
With The Force Awakens just under eight months away from being released, Lucasfilm has largely been successful in keeping a controlled lid shut on plot lines and key details. The studio has released two trailers so far, the most recent during Celebration Anaheim several days ago, as part of a balancing act “to protect the story for fans and for the audience [until] the movie comes out,” Kennedy said. “[W]e’ve gone out of our way to make sure that we can dole out enough information and try to confirm certain things along the way and not keep everything secret.”
There is a strong British influence behind the Episode VII production, which is consistent with the casting and filming of all previous Star Wars films. Two of the new leads, Daisy Ridley (Rey) and John Boyega (Finn), are British, and principal shooting has been conducted at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, UK, about 20 miles west of central London.
To read more of the BBC interview by Lizo Mzimba, click HERE.