Some big releases for 2015 are starting to film or are at least locking in their shooting schedules over the coming months.
It appears that the filming dates for Star Wars: Episode VII are now set! You can mark your calendars down for mid-May 2014 as the start of principal photography for the film which will go through until September. Finishing up filming in September will leave a year plus change until the December 2015 release date. This means a shorter post-production time that for the prequel trilogy which lends credence to previous rumours that we’ll be seeing more physical sets and practical effects in the new films.
With filming set to begin just a couple months away, and a script turned in during January, we’re likely to be seeing some official casting announcements very soon. No doubt costume designs, set pieces and various other props are currently under design and construction also.
Of course Star Wars isn’t the only film ramping up for release in 2015, another series that’s been a quiet achiever in recent years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe have their Avengers sequel on the way! Avengers: Age of Ultron began shooting in Johannesburg this week. Filming is scheduled for two weeks in South Africa, after which the cast and crew are off to Italy before South Korea and the UK for studio filming.
We’ll be seeing Avengers 2 months before Star Wars VII with a mid-2015 release date.