By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist November 7, 2013 at 4:22PM
There's still no title, and it seems even J.J. Abrams is a bit punchy about delivering the movie in time, but mark your calendars as Disney has gone ahead and slated "Star Wars: Episode 7" for a late 2015 release.
As rumors have been suggesting for the past few weeks, say goodbye to the summer tradition of lining up in your Han Solo costume as "Star Wars: Episode 7—Title To Be Determined" arrives on December 18, 2015. The only other movie slated on that day right now is Universal's videogame adaptation "Warcraft," which we presume will be getting the fuck out of the way of what will surely be a box office behemoth.
Production begins next spring in London at Pinewood studios, which means official casting news shouldn't be too far around the corner. In other Disney news, Brad Bird's "Tomorrowland" starring George Clooney has been bumped from December 12, 2014 to May 22, 2015.
Official "Star Wars" press release below:
Star Wars: Episode VII to Open December 18, 2015
With pre-production in full-swing, a confirmed release date of December 18, 2015, has been set for Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.
“We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.
Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J. J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek)and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi). Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Jack Ryan, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.
Shooting is scheduled to begin spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios.