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?
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 Starwars.com, 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.
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.
UPDATE III : The Producers have released a picture of a clapperboard on their official twitter feed;
UPDATE IV : Jarjar Abrams has released a video "from the set of Star Wars 7"
Aerial photographs of the Millennium Falcon and (Luke's?) X-Wing have appeared on the BBC website, apparently taken by a flight instructor