Star Wars Episode VII is still more than a year away, but we're already receiving updates about the "stand-alone" films that will follow, but will not serve as official sequels to the forthcoming movie.

Still with us? To clarify: JJ Abrams will direct Star Wars episodes VII, VIII, and IX, but Disney and Lucasfilms also plan to release a series of films that take place in a galaxy far, far away but are not related to the new trilogy.

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The official cast for Star Wars: Episode VII has finally been announced.

Along with a photo of the actors and actresses sitting around at a script reading (below), the official Star Wars website has revealed that John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow will come on board the wildly anticipated blockbuster.

Disney and Lucasfilm announced that filming is set to begin at Pinewood Studios in London for Star Wars: Episode VII. They also unveiled a key plot detail.

The filmmakers also revealed that the movie, the first of three planned sequels, will pick up 30 years after Return of the Jedi (Episode VI) left off.

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There has been plenty of "casting" news surrounding the upcoming Star Wars VII, with Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron being the most recent names for Ben Skywalker, so it makes sense that people are asking other actors what their hopes for the Star Wars sequel are.

In an interview with IGN, Karl Urban was asked if he would attempt to leverage his working relationship with J.J. Abrams into a role in the new Star Wars. Somewhat surprisingly, Urban replied with an immediate "No, absolutely not."

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