(HOLLYWOODREPORTER) — Disney and Lucasfilm’s upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII will begin filming in May and will be set 30 years after the events in 1983′s Return of the Jedi.

“There will be some very familiar faces along with a trio of new young leads,” said Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger during Disney’s annual shareholder’s meeting in Portland, Ore.

The film, to be directed by J.J. Abrams, is set for release on Dec. 18, 2015. It will shoot primarily in London at Pinewood Studios.

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