It seems that the Marvel website has accidentally let slip some information on a few crew members for Star Wars: Episode VII, and site Star Wars Underworld was all over it. In a press release posted to the Marvel site for Captain America: The Winter Soldier is listed two of its editors, Jeffery Ford and Jo Markey. What’s interesting is that it named a few movies they have worked on, and Star Wars: Episode VII happens to be one of those movies.
Here’s what it said: “The creative production team on the film includes director of photography Trent Opaloch (“Elysium,” “District 9”), production designer Peter Wenham (“21 Jump Street,” “Fast Five”), editors Jeffrey Ford, A.C.E. and Mary Jo Markey, A.C.E. (“Star Wars: Episode 7,” “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”) and three time Oscar-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky (“The Hunger Games,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”).”
Now in the grand scope of things this probably isn’t huge news, but it does point to a few things. First off, it means that crewmembers are in place, so that’s a positive sign of forward momentum. Could this also mean though that we are closer to production than we thought? Disney originally announced that the movie would be slated for release in 2015, and then Abrams came out and said he preferred a 2017 release, but with editors in place could LucasFilm be ready to start shooting soon? Its one thing to have directors and cameramen in place, but to have people in place who work on the backend of the film is a whole other matter.