'Star Wars: Episode VII' Resumes Production

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Even before Harrison Ford accidentally shut down production on Star Wars: Episode VII by getting his leg crushed on the Millennium Falcon, speculation ran rampant regarding director J.J. Abrams' rumored reluctance to meet or agree to Disney's demands for a December 2015 release date. Once Ford was laid up for weeks, many wondered whether the studio might be forced to bump the highly anticipated follow-up to 1983's Return of the Jedi.

Well, however they did it, Abrams and co. appear to still be on target for that December 18, 2015 spot on the calendar -- and Ford's all healed up, which means the cast and crew are back in front of the cameras. Entertainment Weekly reports that production has resumed at Pinewood Studios in London, and barring any further unsanctioned mayhem, it should be smooth sailing from here on out.

Of course, it would have been nice if they'd celebrated by releasing even the tiniest tidbit of information about what we can expect from Episode VII -- maybe a title, perhaps? -- but beggars (and, at this point, Star Wars fans) can't be choosers, so for now, we'll just keep our fingers crossed for the rest of the shoot going as smoothly as possible.

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