The first character, officially confirmed for Star Wars Episode VII, was the R2-D2, the blue astromech droid purchased by Luke Skywalker many years ago, which also so happened to be Luke’s mother’s favorite droid years before that.
Supervising sound editor Matthew Wood of Skywalker Sound has a history with Star Wars and George Lucas; he got his start as an Assistant Editor on 'The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles', and was Supervising Sound Editor on the last two Star Wars movies, in addition to providing the voices of Magaloof, Seboca and General Grievous. He worked with Ben Burtt on 'WALL E' and collaborated with JJ on 'Super 8' and 'Star Trek Into Darkness'.
Lucas had story treatments for Episode VII (as well as for VIII and IX) which he turned over to Disney chairman, Bob Iger around the time LucasFilm was sold to Disney.
This is the first 'Star Wars' movie to have more than one producer: JJ Abrams and Bryan Burk.
Creator George Lucas stated the transition from LucasFilm to Disney was a way to "pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers."
On September 26th, 2013, it was confirmed that the film will be partially shot in IMAX.
The first 'Star Wars' film to be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.
This is the first JJ Abrams film not to have a musical score by Michael Giacchino. Aptly enough, Giacchino had stated in an interview that he would rather hear the music of John Williams for a new 'Star Wars' film than his own.
In summer 2013, it was revealed both Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill had begun a vigorous regimen of diet, exercise and stunt training to prepare for their roles of Leia and Luke, respectively.
Star Wars: Episode VII continues the tradition of being shot on film.
Dan Mindel has previously collaborated with JJ Abrams on 'Mission: Impossible III', 'Star Trek', and 'Star Trek Into Darkness'.
In October 2013, Disney announced publicly that screenwriter Michael Arndt was officially off Star Wars Episode VII, and that director JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan were busy working on the current screenplay.
John Williams returns to score for this movie, after providing the music for the previous installments.
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