While speaking during today’s earnings call, Bob Iger said that Star Wars: Episode VII will take place 30 years after Return of the Jedi and will star “a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces.” He then went on to say that filming on the J.J. Abrams-helmed follow-up begins in May. 30 years is not a major timegap in between the original trilogy and this new trilogy of films, which makes it quite easy to involve Luke (Mark Hamill), Leia (Carrie Fisher), and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in the central plot of the film.
We know there was tension between original screenwriter Michael Arndt and Abrams over how much the original cast would be involved in the Episode VII story, with Abrams favoring a Luke/Leia/Ha-focused Episode VII before handing the reigns over to the younger characters in episodes VIII and IX. Arndt was replaced by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan as screenwriter, which suggests that Luke, Han, and Leia will have a significant presence in Episode VII.
Read more at STAR WARS 7 Takes Place 30 Years After RETURN OF THE JEDI; Starts Filming in May | Collider