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The release date for Star Wars: Episode VII is still almost 18 months away, but already, rumors about the plot and production seem to emerge every day.

We already know the cast of Episode VII and obsessive fans have already pieced together information about what roles each actor might be playing.

Adam Driver
Adam Driver was one of the first to be cast in the long-awaited Star Wars sequel. He's best known for his role on HBO's Girls.

Recently, photos from the set revealed that the Millennium Falcon will make an appearance, among other details, but today we might have received our biggest bonanza of leaked information to date.

A blogger named Devin Faraci claims to have uncovered a treasure trove of plot secrets (from an unnamed source, of course), and if his information is accurate we may now have a pretty good sense of how the film will begin and the sort of themes it will tackle (possible spoilers ahead):

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The force will soon be with Pip Andersen and Crystal Clarke.

Via an extensive open casting call, these relative unknown have been added to the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Pictures confirmed in a statement yesterday.

Andersen (a parkour professional) and Clarke (an aspiring actress) were two of over 37,000 people to visit cities across the U.S. and Great Britain and audition for producers of this upcoming blockbuster.

New Star Wars stars

"The Star Wars universe has always been about discovering and nurturing young talent and in casting Episode VII we wanted to remain absolutely faithful to this tradition," Lucasfilm president and producer Kathleen Kennedy said, adding:

"We are delighted that so many traveled to see us at the open casting calls and that we have been able to make Crystal and Pip a part of the film."

No word yet on just what roles Anderson and Clarke will take on.

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Earlier this month, Harrison Ford was injured while filming Star Wars: Episode VII.

Follow-up reports claimed that Ford broke his ankle after tripping over the door of the Millenium Falcon (Coolest. Injury, Ever.), but would be back on his feet in no time.

Now it's looking like "no time" means six months and Ford's injury could mean the worst possible news imaginable for Star Wars fans: a delayed release date for Episode VII!!!

Turns out Ford broke his leg not his ankle, and sources on set say that Han Solo was to be the lead role in the movie, which means that filming may have to be delayed for half a year, unless the script is massively rewritten.

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Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o has been cast in Star Wars: Episode VII. That we much we know for sure. Given the secretive nature of the production, however, there's been no official word on what type of role she'll play.

In fact, we have no idea what parts will be played by any of the new Star Wars cast members, but with the release of the film still 18 months away, what are we supposed to do...wait?!

Adam Driver
Adam Driver was one of the first to be cast in the long-awaited Star Wars sequel. He's best known for his role on HBO's Girls.

No, no. This is the Internet age, which means we have plenty of rumors to keep us busy, including this one that's said to come from an "inside source" working on the set of Episode VII:

Lupita and Girls star Adam Driver will reportedly play black-helmeted "Jedi hunters" in the new film.

Nyong'o has apparently been wearing yellow contact lenses on set to get give her character a more badass vibe. 

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Han Solo has been compromised.

Disney confirmed today that Harrison Ford was injured during the filming of Star Wars: Episode VII, saying via press release that the veteran actor hurt his ankle and was taken to a hospital in London.

“Harrison Ford sustained an ankle injury during filming today on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII," reads the company statement. "He was taken to a local hospital and is receiving care. Shooting will continue as planned while he recuperates."

Details are scarce, but the star - reprising his beloved role of Han Solo for the wildly anticipated follow-up - was filming a scene near the door of the Millennium Falcon when the incident occurred.

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Mark Hamill played the part of Luke Skywalker in the original 1977 Star Wars film, and the movie undeniably defined his career and changed his life.

Having officially joined the cast of Star Wars Episode VII, Hamill will reprise his most famous role for the first time in over 30 years, and it seems he's concerned that modern fans just won't be as enamored with the Jedi from Tatooine.

Mark Hamill Pic

"I have this feeling that no matter what we do, there's going to be this faction that's really disappointed," Hamill told The Orlando Sentinel. "You just can't live up to that."

Though he didn't appear in the films, Hamill is probably acutely aware of the mixed reactions spurred by the most recent Star Wars trilogy and he's apparently concerned that the amount of hype surrounding the new slate of movies (which will include "stand-alone" Star Wars films directed by Josh Trank) will be crushed by the weight of Internet expectations:

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Yesterday, photos from the set of Star Wars Episode VII leaked online, and director JJ Abrams is understandably not pleased...but at least he's maintained his sense of humor.

The director responded to the leak via his production company's Twitter page yesterday with a hand-written note that includes an in-joke for Star Wars obsessives:

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  • JJ Abrams Note

"I wish people would stop leaking photos from Episode VII," reads the note. "And making ridiculous claims that the Millenium Falcon is in the movie."

The message sits atop a game board that fans might recognize from the famous R2D2 vs. Chewbacca intergalactic chess match in episode IV. That scene gave us the oft-quoted line, "Let the wookie win!"

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Star Wars Episode VII is still over a year away, but now that shooting has commenced, it seems new information about the production is coming out every day.

First, we received video from the set of Episode VII that seemed to show actress Daisy Ridley receiving lightsaber training.

Now we've got a series of photos that show...well, we're not really sure! Check 'em out for yourself:

Okay, so the photos don't tell us a whole lot.

We already knew that the movie is currently being shot in Abu Dhabi, and aside from some futuristic-looking structures and one giant alien pig creature, it kinda just looks like some random desert.

Still, it's exciting just to have confirmation that this thing is really happening and we're less that 18 months away from a new installment in arguably the most beloved movie franchise of all time.

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After months of rumors, we finally have confirmation that Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o has been cast in Star Wars: Episode VII.

Lucasfilm made the announcement today along with news that Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie will also appear in the film.

  • Lupita Nyong'o Image
  • Gwendoline Christie Photo

While most of the cast of Star Wars Episode VII was revealed in April, rumors that Nyong'o and Zac Efron had been secretly offered roles continued to circulate.

While there is still no studio confirmation or denial of Efron's part in the movie, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy spoke with the press today about the two newest additions to the cast of 2015's most highly-anticipated film.

"I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII," said Kennedy. "It's thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble take shape."

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Rumors about Star Wars: Episode VII will likely continue to circulate up until the film's December 2015 release date.

But while the cast of Episode VII has been announced, little else has been officially confirmed, leaving fans to scour the Internet for hints of what the movie might have in store.

Well, if you're one of those fans, prepare yourself for what may be the closest thing you'll see to actual Episode VII footage between now and when the first trailers are released:

If you've been keeping up with the Star Wars rumor mill, you know Daisy Ridley was probably cast as Han Solo and Princess Leia's daughter in Episode VII. (We knew for certain she'll appear in the film, but her role has yet to be verified.)

The video above is supposedly footage of Ridley receiving some serious lightsaber training on set.

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