“Star Wars: Episode VII” just got a little closer to the silver screen. Based on photos and tweets from the cast and crew, it looks like filming has wrapped on the seventh installment in the iconic science fiction franchise. Actor John Boyega posted a photo and two videos on Instagram of what appears to be a massive party attended by the cast at London’s Science Museum.
The Hollywood Reporter said J.J. Abrams, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley and Andy Serkis attended the event, which seemed an awful lot like a wrap party. The photo shows the 22-year-old British star standing next to R2-D2 and the videos show him dancing along with other cast members. In addition, it’s worth mentioning long-time Abrams contributor Simon Pegg was in attendance as well. Many say this is evidence the actor will have a cameo in the upcoming film.
Additional evidence comes in the form of a tweet from James Rose who posted, and then removed, a picture of a heartfelt note signed by Abrams, Lucas Films President Kathleen Kennedy and producer Bryan Burk that was allegedly given to the cast along with a commemorative hat to mark the end of filming. The Verge reported the note read:
“To the Extraordinary Cast and Crew of Episode VII:
It is a true honor and absolute joy to come to set every day and work alongside each of you. Your professionalism, passion and patience is more deeply appreciated than we could ever express. From the deserts of Abu Dhabi, to the Forest of Dean, to the stages of Pinewood, you have risen to every challenge and been as wonderfully kind as you are brilliantly talented. Our ambition here is large, of course, and it must be: we are here to make a film that entertains millions of people, of all ages, for generations. To create an experience people will cherish watching as much as we will cherish having made it, together. How lovely it would be if you had, in addition to your name on the screen, some actual real tangible proof that you were part of it! Here, then, is that proof. Wear it well, wear it healthily, wear it proudly. But, mostly, thank you.”
The Hollwood Reporter said Kennedy spoke at the Oct. 16 opening of the London office for Industrial Light & Magic, saying shooting for the upcoming “Star Wars” film was only three weeks from completion. So, if all this isn’t evidence the film has wrapped and is on its way to theaters soon, we don’t know what is.