A model of character R2-D2 (L) and a performer dressed as a scout trooper are seen during the presentation of the exhibition "Star Wars Identities" at the Cite du Cinema in Saint-Denis, outside Paris, on February 13, 2014. Divided in 3 major themes "Origins, Influences and Choice" through which are explored 10 components of human identity, the exhibition displays more than 200 original pieces from the archives of Lucas Arts Museum, including models, props, costumes and sketches who built the Star Wars universe created by George Lucas. The exhibition runs through February 15 - June 30, 2014 at the Cite du Cinema, French acclaimed director, producer and screenwriter Luc Besson's vast 170-million-euro ($230-million) "Film City" studio complex. (PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES— 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.”