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Peter Mayhew appears with a person dressed as Chewbacca at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Queensland, Australia on April 6, 2014. The Hollywood Reporter says the actor will eprise his role  in Star Wars: Episode VII. - Provided courtesy of Andrew Carlile / Startraksphoto.com
04/07/2014
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This may make you growl with excitement: "Star Wars: Episode VII" has reportedly added a beloved veteran character -- Chewbacca.

Peter Mayhew has joined the cast of the anticipated sequel and will reprise his role as the furry Wookiee, the Hollywood Reporter said on Monday, April 7. Spokespeople for production company Lucasfilm, owned by the Walt Disney Company, and the 69-year-old British actor had no immediate comment.

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03/18/2014
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J.J. Abrams, Lee Towersey, Oliver Steeples, and Kathleen Kennedy appear in a photo with an R2-D2 model posted on Bad Robots Twitter page on Nov. 14, 2013. - Provided courtesy of Twitter.com/bad_robot

Not much has been confirmed about "Star Wars: Episode VII" since the film was officially announced last year, but now, it has been announced when J.J. Abrams and his crew will get the cameras rolling.

What's confirmed about "Star Wars: Episode VII"?

12/06/2013

Disney and Paramount Pictures have reached a distribution and marketing agreement for the 'Indiana Jones' franchise.

This is in addition to its current ownership rights, gained in the multibillion dollar acquisition of Lucasfilms last year.

11/20/2013
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J.J. Abrams, Lee Towersey, Oliver Steeples, and Kathleen Kennedy appear in a photo with an R2-D2 model posted on Bad Robots Twitter page on Nov. 14, 2013. - Provided courtesy of Twitter.com/bad_robot

The new "Star Wars" film will feature a familiar droid.

On Nov. 14, Bad Robot Productions, the production company of "Star Wars: Episode VII" director J.J. Abrams, tweeted out a photo of Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy with an R2-D2 model.

11/07/2013
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Darth Vader appears in the film The Empire Strikes Back. - Provided courtesy of Lucasfilm

Mark your calendars, "Star Wars" fans!

It was announced on the film's official website that the highly anticipated new film in the "Star Wars" franchise, "Star Wars: Episode VII," will hit theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.

08/12/2013
George Lucas and then-fiance Mellody Hobson attend the 40th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Beverly Hills, California on June 16, 2013. They wed six days later. On Aug. 9, they welcomed their first child together, a baby girl. - Provided courtesy of Sara De Boer / startraksphoto.com

George Lucas, creator of "Star Wars," and wife Mellody Hobson have welcomed their first child together, a baby girl.

The couple's daughter, Everest Hobson Lucas, was born via a surrogate mother on Friday, Aug. 9, a spokesperson for Lucas confirmed to OTRC.com on Monday.

07/10/2013
Alyson Hannigan and daughter Keeva are seen at the Course Of The Force 2013, an Epic Lightsaber Relay, benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation, at Star Wars creator George Lucas Skywalker Ranch in California on July 9, 2013. - Provided courtesy of Steve Jennings / WireImage

"How I Met Your Mother" actress Alyson Hannigan, husband and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" co-star Alexis Denisof and their two kids visited George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch, where the actor participated in the Course of the Force Olympic-style lightsaber relay-run, benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation, on July 9, 2013.

Check out photos of the family at the event, as well as pictures of "Glee" star Chris Colfer, a pregnant Jaime King and Adrianne Curry.

05/11/2013
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In this image provided by 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, a scene from Star Wars movie released by 20th Century-Fox in 1977. From left are: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill. - Provided courtesy of 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation

"Star Wars: Episode VII" will be shot in the United Kingdom.

Lucasfilm, the company behind the franchise, announced the news on Friday, May 10. Their statement notes all of the previous six live-action "Star Wars" films have included production in the United Kingdom.

04/17/2013
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In this image provided by 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, a scene from Star Wars movie released by 20th Century-Fox in 1977. From left are: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill. - Provided courtesy of 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation

A new "Star Wars" film might become a yearly tradition.

It was announced on Wednesday, April 17, by Walt Disney Co. chairman Alan Horn that the studio plans to release a new "Star Wars" film every year starting in 2015 with "Star Wars: Episode VII," according to The Associated Press.

04/17/2013
Richard La Parmentier appears in a scene from the 1977 movie Star Wars IV: A New Hope. - Provided courtesy of Lucasfilm

Richard Le Parmentier, who played Admiral Motti in the first "Star Wars" film, has died at age 66.

The Pennsylvania native passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday in Austin, Texas, where he had been visiting his children. The cause of his death was not reported.

03/27/2013
Harrison Ford and Chewbacca appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live on July 26, 2011. - Provided courtesy of ABC

Confirm, he won't. For now.

Harrison Ford, 70, remains coy about whether or not he'll reprise his role as Han Solo in Disney's new "Star Wars" films, but praises new director J.J. Abrams as "fantastic."

03/07/2013
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In this image provided by 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, a scene from Star Wars movie released by 20th Century-Fox in 1977. From left are: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill. - Provided courtesy of 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation

George Lucas has confirmed that talks had been held with Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill about having them reprise their "Star Wars" roles in Disney's new "Star Wars: Episode VII."

The creator of the hit sci-fi franchise made his comments to the financial news outlet Bloomberg Businessweek in an interview published on Thursday, March 7, soon after Fisher announced that she would return as Princess Leia.

03/06/2013
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Carrie Fisher appears as Princess Leia in Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi. - Provided courtesy of Lucasfilm / Disney

Carrie Fisher says she's going to reprise her role as Princess Leia in Disney's new "Star Wars" films, although franchise creator George Lucas' production company Lucasfilm has not confirmed this.

The 56-year-old actress played the iconic character, the sister of hero Luke Skywalker, in the original trilogy, starting from the first movie, "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope," which was released in 1977.

02/13/2013
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William Shatner talks to OTRC.com in May 2010. - Provided courtesy of OTRC

William Shatner of "Star Trek" fame is not thrilled about J.J. Abrams playing for both teams of the sci-fi universe & namely because he's not included.

The actor, who played Captain Kirk in the original "Star Trek" series and movies, recently offered his tongue-in-cheek take on the director's recently-announced deal to helm "Star Wars VII" for Disney, which is releasing a new trilogy and standalone films following its acquisition of creator George Lucas' company Lucasfilm.

02/06/2013
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In this image provided by 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, a scene from Star Wars movie released by 20th Century-Fox in 1977. From left are: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill. - Provided courtesy of 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation

Lucasfilm is preparing to expand the "Star Wars" film universe beyond the new planned trilogy that was confirmed in October.

The company announced on February 5 that they are planning new spinoff films "that will expand the mythos and depths of the 'Star Wars' universe in previously unexplored ways."

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