J.J. Abrams has been working with Lawrence Kasdan on polishing the script for "Star Wars: Episode VII," and has raved about the experience in a recent interview in Total Film:
"Working with Larry has been one of the most surreal joys of my life. We’ve had such a lot of fun working together. He’s an incredible guy and an inspiring and spectacular writer.”
Abrams also spoke about his hesitancy to shoot the film in London:
"It's something that I've always intended to do. But I'm torn because I have done everything I can to keep the production of my projects in Los Angeles. Yet, the opportunity to work with UK crews is something that has always been a dream of mine.
Of course, that dream existed prior to me being married and having a family, so the reality of making a movie like that for any period of time becomes much more difficult when there are other people that you desperately love and care for are involved."
Casting on the film has been taking place far and wide, with three key roles - a 17-18 year old girl, a 19-23 year old charismatic male, and a 40-something military man - being sought. One name said to recently have been thrown into the mix is "Chronicle" and "Carrie" remake star Alex Russell.