We have an official start date for Episode VII and a perhaps even a release month for the film as well. Latino Review is again reporting this news so it may or may not be be “official”.
Producer Bryan Burk told Collider: “We’re progressing on a schedule to hopefully begin next year, or the beginning of next year,” says Burk, “and the location is still kind of floating around in the air, all depending on script and a whole bunch of other issues. As I just said, everything is kind of a free-flowing thing, and when we feel like the story level on this script and everything is really coming together and schedules are all working and pieces line up, we prowl ahead, and Star Wars will be no different.”
According to Latino Review: First day of principal photography is January 21st 2014.
Which isn’t that far off so we should get some official casting news relatively soon.
They are also reporting that Episode VII will have a release date of December 2015. This would break the May tradition release date that every other Star Wars film has had in the past. However, with a January 2014 start date they would be under the gun to get the film in by May 2015. This would also be a benefit to Disney as Avengers: Age of Ultron already has a May release.