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I've heard Disney is casting the crew of the original Star Wars trilogy to make the upcoming sequel. Given the age and outlook of the actors, will they be producing an actual live-action movie? Has this been confirmed anywhere yet?

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I suspect this to be prone to elicit random speculation, but let's see where it goes. – bitmask Jan 7 '14 at 0:05
More interesting: was Episode 1 a CGI or live-action movie? – Paul D. Waite Jan 10 '14 at 2:16
What you should be asking: Will there be lens flare? – Suman Roy Sep 11 '14 at 5:22
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The short answer is yes they will be producing a live action film and yes, it's been confirmed on multiple occasions.

In an official quote to, Lucasfilm/Disney have announced the film crew for Star Wars VII will include;

Director of photography Dan Mindel, Special effects supervisor Chris Corbould and Visual effects supervisor Roger Guyett

None of whom would be required for an animated feature.

They've also confirmed that

Location scouting, production design, casting, and costume design are underway.

Also, the film has been announced as Live-action in Variety and Forbes.

On top of that, there's a direct quote from Disney chief exec Robert Iger in which he describes the upcoming trilogy as part of their

"live-action strategy as a known and loved brand"

UPDATE : Disney has now confirmed that principal photography will be taking place at Pinewood Studios, London

"Disney and Lucasfilm are excited to announce that principal photography on Star Wars: Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams, will commence May 2014, and will be based at London's historic Pinewood Studios."

UPDATE II : Paparazzi photographs appear to show part of the set being constructed at one of the primary filming sites in Abu Dhabi.

Star Wars set

UPDATE III : The Producers have released a picture of a clapperboard on their official twitter feed;

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UPDATE IV : Jarjar Abrams has released a video "from the set of Star Wars 7"

Update V

Aerial photographs of the Millennium Falcon and (Luke's?) X-Wing have appeared on the BBC website, apparently taken by a flight instructor

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Thank god. I was freaked out for a moment then. – Trido Jan 7 '14 at 2:20
Now that is a well sourced and definitive answer. +1. – Avner Shahar-Kashtan Jan 7 '14 at 7:29
@AvnerShahar-Kashtan: I agree. My initial scepticism was unwarranted. +1 – bitmask Jan 7 '14 at 16:35
JJ Abrams...meh, okay I guess. My dirty blasphemous secret is that I want a remake the entire Star Wars series sans the George Lucas slapstick. Director...Christopher Nolan. – coburne May 16 '14 at 16:47
+1 for Jarjar Abrams update (also because this answer is wonderful). – PrinceTyke Aug 14 '15 at 15:01

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