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Disney chief reveals Star Wars: Episode VII cast almost complete

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Story by Jack Foley

CASTING is now almost complete on Star Wars: Episode VII and shooting has commenced.

The revelations were made by Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn during a Hollywood Masters interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Commenting on the cast first, he said: “We have a lot of them [in place]. We’re just not completely done yet.”

He also said that the script was now finally at a place everyone was happy with: “It’s all about the screenplay. It has to be screenplay, screenplay, screenplay.”

As for the story itself, most plot details remain under wraps but the action will pick up “where 6 left off – and where 6 left off is 35 years ago by the time this is released”.

Horn’s interview extended to an overview of his whole career, which has also seen him produce the Harry Potter movies and The Dark Knight.

He was also invited to air his views on the future of cinema, to which he pointed towards the growing importance of markets outside the US – and China in particular.

“China is now the No. 2 market after the United States,” he explained, as if to underline why that country’s box office now features so prominenty when it comes to marketing strategies and box office reviews.

“Just to give you some perspective, there’s 44,000 screens in the US and Canada; in the UK there’s 4,000, Italy 4,000, Spain 4,000, France 4,800, Mexico 5,000. China has 18,000 now [for] 1.3 billion people – 18,000 screens. We have one-quarter as many people and 44,000 screens. And they’re building 10 screens a day in China. It is a major new growth market.”

Read the full interview

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