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If there’s anyone who truly knows what’s happening with Star Wars: Episode VII it’s Alan Horn. As the Walt Disney Studios Chairman, Horn knows everything about some of the most popular film franchises in the world, including the upcoming Star Wars movie. Earlier on Tuesday, Horn was at Tribeca Film Festival talking about said sci-fi epic, and he revealed that second unit photography has taken place in Abu Dhabi, along with a few other things.

Though some filming has occurred on Episode VII, the studio is not quite ready to announce the cast. But Horn revealed that casting is nearly done.

“We’re not prepared to announce [the casting] yet but we will be very shortly announcing what we’re doing… We did some second unit work in Abu Dhabi and other places, because we have all these locations we have to film and we have to give it that Star Warsian, if I can use that as an adjective, look. So we needed to go to different places that give us the right look and feel and we did have second unit work shooting already but we haven’t commenced the main part of principle photography yet.”

Horn also addressed the film’s December release date, saying basically that just because Episode VII is set to hit theaters during the ho-ho holidays, new Star Wars films might go back to opening in May, like the films. As /Film points out though, the bigger question is when will the next Star Wars film hit theaters: May 2016 or 2017?

The Disney Chairman also felt the need to bring up George Lucas and confirmed what we already knew, that he’s “a consultant.” Horn pointed out that Lucas was very aware that Disney would be the “primary driver” of this property when he sold it back in 2012. But Lucas is still a highly valued person. After all, he’s the father of it all.

Are you excited for Star Wars: Episode VII?