‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ to Arrive December 18, 2015

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Disney and LucasFilm will release “Star Wars: Episode VII” on Dec. 18, 2015, the duo announced Thursday.

As a lead-up to Christmas, the mid-December launch pad has been occupied by New Line’s “The Hobbit” franchise since 2012, with the final installment, “There and Back Again,” slated to bow Dec. 17, 2014.

Also part of the dating news, Disney moved George Clooney starrer “Tomorrowland” from Dec. 12, 2014, to a pre-Memorial Day weekend launch on May 22, 2015.

The J.J. Abrams-directed “Star Wars” will begin shooting in Spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios in the U.K.

“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.

Casting for the film already is underway in secret, with open call appointments in the U.K. set for this month.

SEE ALSO: ‘Star Wars Episode 7’ Holds Open Casting Call in U.K.

Abrams and “Star Wars” vet Lawrence Kasdan are penning the script, after “Toy Story 3” scribe Michael Arndt was booted from the project.

In its date, “Star Wars” joins previously announced “Inferno,” from Sony Pictures, as well as Universal’s “Warcraft.”

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  1. Chocolate covered ants says:

    Opening close to Christmas, very smart. They are going to make tons of money on toys, action figures, models, etc. Plus they aren’t going to have much competition around that time. In my opinion it was ingenious of them to move the opening date away from summer.

  2. Opinion1 says:

    The new Star Wars Holiday Specials? Star Wars was originally slated for a Christmas of 76 release, they delayed it till May of 77 because of production issues also. There is no issue with the release date being bumped back since the original timeline was clearly creating production issues, the issue is that it breaks tradition when it didn’t need to. They could instead have a May 2016 release, 5 more months is no big deal. Star Wars in December is just wrong, it’s like having Christmas in the summer, just wrong. Star Wars has always been a summer movie, heck it created the summer blockbuster season. Before Star Wars there was never the summer blockbuster tradition. Why Star Wars would walk away from the summer block buster season that it created just doesn’t make sense. It’s an example of Disney making a corporate “as soon as possible money making” decision that destroys a Star Wars tradition. They can just as well hold off a piddly amount longer and release Star Wars 5 months later and keep with tradition; but that would mean putting off profits for another 5 months. Star Wars in December, at Christmas time, its just wrong and unnecessary.

  3. LOL says:

    This will move to summer 2016. Christmas playability for Star Wars won’t work, not unless James Cameron comes on board in some capacity.

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  10. Living the Geek Life says:

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    We have a date! Mark your calendars.

  11. Leo says:

    sorry, this seems like a far better film to release in late May or early June when it can play for several weeks.

    • superponte says:

      Titanic and Avatar are the two biggest films in terms of box office gross. (unadjusted Gone with the Wind, we know-we know) They were both released in this time table. It opens for Christmas and if its good will have legs through January and maybe February too.

      • Randy Russell says:

        Yes, but Summer movies do more and it could be on DVD or Blu Ray by the Holiday time. This will be the first non summer released Star Wars film. Titanic is an epic historical love story. Avatar, as visually stunning as it is is just Pocahontas in Space, nowhere near as good as any Star Wars movie.

  12. Andrea Carnevali says:

    It’s in my diary already!!!

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