'Star Wars: Episode VII' to Shoot at U.K.'s Pinewood

4:08 AM PST 06/21/2013 by George Szalai

The studio known as the home of the James Bond franchise has also hosted such productions as "Les Miserables."

Walt Disney’s Star Wars: Episode VII will shoot at studio facilities operator Pinewood Shepperton's Pinewood Studios outside of London, sources confirmed Friday.

The studio known as the home of the James Bond franchise has also hosted such productions as Les Miserables and was expected to get the new Star Wars film, which is expected to start shooting in early 2014.

Disney/Lucasfilm previously announced that the movie will be shot in Britain, but didn't detail a studio facility.

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A rep for Pinewood Shepperton declined to comment on the Star Wars VII shoot, citing company policy not to comment on specific projects. A Disney rep couldn't immediately be reached.

Star Wars: Episode VII, scheduled for a 2015 release, will be directed by J.J. Abrams. Michael Arndt will write the screenplay. The eighth and ninth Star Wars installments are expected to hit theaters in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

All six Star Wars movies to-date included at least some production work in the U.K., at studios including Elstree, Shepperton, Leavesden, Ealing and Pinewood. 

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