Episode VII will be set 30 years after ROTJ.

I guess, this way they don't have to get any of the main cast to act in the new one or find doubles...

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According the The Verge: "According to today's release, it will take place 30 years after Return of the Jedi, which capped off the original Star Wars trilogy, and "will star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces."