Star Wars: Episode VII will begin shooting at London's Pinewood Studios in May 2014.
Star Wars: Episode VII will be a sequel to the original trilogy. The very fact that it will be Episode VII was a pretty good sign from the get-go that it was going to take place after the events of Return of the Jedi. That said, the crew behind the film has, up until now, been relatively mum on exactly how long after the original trilogy the new movies would take place. A recent announcement however, has confirmed that the new films will be taking place 30 years after Episode VI.
The news came in release from Lucasfilm announcing that principal photography for the film will be starting this coming May and will be based at Pinewood Studios in London. Starting in May, of course, will give the production about a year and seven months to finish the film for its December 18th, 2015 release date. The plot details were revealed toward the end of the announcement.
"It has also been confirmed that Star Wars: Episode VII is set about 30 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, and will star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces," said Lucasfilm. "No further details on casting or plot are available at this time."
It goes without saying, of course, that the "familiar faces" will be the principal cast of the original trilogy whose return to the franchise has long since been confirmed. In fact, it'd probably be safe to say that the 30-year gap between Episode VI and Episode VII is a direct result of their presence in the film. There has to be a reason, after all, for them to not be all young and spry like were at the end of Jedi.
Source: Star Wars