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New ‘Star Wars’ Set 30 Years After ‘Jedi’

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A Bronze statue of Star Wars character Yoda and Indiana Jones are displayed at the new Imagination Park on June 20, 2013 in San Anselmo, California. Bronze statues of the Star Wars character Yoda and Indiana Jones were unveiled at the new 8,700 square foot "Imagination Park" in downtown San Anselmo that was donated by Star Wars creator and San Anselmo resident George Lucas. Lucas donated the property, paid for park plans and demolition of the existing structures. (Credit: Getty Images)

A Bronze statue of Star Wars character Yoda and Indiana Jones are displayed at the new Imagination Park on June 20, 2013 in San Anselmo, California. Bronze statues of the Star Wars character Yoda and Indiana Jones were unveiled at the new 8,700 square foot “Imagination Park” in downtown San Anselmo that was donated by Star Wars creator and San Anselmo resident George Lucas. Lucas donated the property, paid for park plans and demolition of the existing structures. (Credit: Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The new “Star Wars” has an official timeline and one confirmed returning character: robot R2-D2.

Director J.J. Abrams will begin shooting in May on “Star Wars: Episode VII,” which is set three decades after 1983’s “Return of the Jedi,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said Tuesday.

Speaking at the company’s annual shareholder’s meeting in Portland, Ore., Iger said the movie would feature “some very familiar faces along with a trio of new, young leads.” Abrams has a penchant for secrecy, and Iger said R2-D2 was the only “official cast member” he would announce.

“Episode VII” is set for release in December 2015.

Iger also said Pixar plans a third “Cars” movie and a sequel to 2004’s “The Incredibles.”

 

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