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Saturday 25 October 2014

Star Wars movie heading to US expo

JJ Abrams is at the helm of the next Star Wars film

JJ Abrams' eagerly anticipated Star Wars movie will be heading to the upcoming D23 Expo, it has been announced.

With plot and casting details under wraps, fans will be hoping to get an insight into the reboot at the bi-annual event, which will be held in the US next month, said the Hollywood Reporter.

Disney are said to be planning events like Darth Vader: The Evolution Of A Villain, showing the development of the baddie, and insiders have claimed that some Star Wars actors will confirm they have been cast in the film by appearing during the expo.

There have previously been reports that the franchise's original stars - Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill - could be returning.

The trio are all said to have been in negotiations about roles in the film, and in March Star Wars creator George Lucas - who sold his company Lucasfilm to Disney in a £2.5 billion deal last year - let slip to Business Week that the original cast members were on board.

Last month there were rumours that Episode VII would focus on Han Solo and Princess Leia's twin children, Jaina and Jacen.

Website Schmoes Know claimed that a source has passed on a casting breakdown that gave details of the two characters, and that the storyline would revolve around the twins, who are trained by Luke Skywalker to be the greatest Jedis in the galaxy.

Star Wars: Episode VII is due to be released in cinemas in 2015.

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