The wait for any official news about J.J. AbramsStar Wars: Episode VII has been excruciating ever since the director came aboard the project in January of 2013. Over the past year, the Internet has been besieged by false rumors, debunked scoops, and vague statements that have both thrilled and infuriated the fanbase. Now, however, it looks like we have our first piece of tangible news in months as HitFix has confirmed when Episode VII will begin shooting.

According to the site, Abrams and crew will begin shooting in mid-May and continue through September of 2014. More importantly, the site has also heard that most of the principle casting has been completed, so all fans need to do now is wait for an official press release from Disney when it is ready to make any announcements.

Filming dates might not sound incredibly exciting to eager fans, but this is usually a time when studios begin to release official images from a film in order to counteract any spy images taken from paparazzi around the set. So that will be something to keep an eye out for as May draws closer.

At this point, Star Wars fans just want something, anything, about this movie to be made official. And it looks like that wait might almost be over.

Star Wars: Episode VII will hit theaters on December 18, 2015.

[via HitFix]