The Force is with US! — “Star Wars: Episode VII” finally has a release date: J.J. Abrams’ new film will open December, 18, 2015.
The news appeared in an announcement today on StarWars.com.
“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.
Abrams will direct “Star Wars: Episode VII” from a script he’s writing with Lawrence Kasdan, who penned “The Empire Strikes Back”, “The Return of the Jedi, and “Raiders of The Lost Ark.”
Sets and costumes are already being designed for the film, which starts shooting at London’s Pinewood Studios in the spring.
This will make it the first Star Wars film to open around the Christmas holiday — or “Life Day” as it’s known among the Wookiees. The previous films have all premiered in May.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy is producing with Bad Robot’s Abrams and Bryan Burk, while Tommy Harper (“Star Trek Into Darkness”) and Jason McGatlin (“War of the Worlds”) will serve as executive producers.
John Williams is returning to score “Star Wars: Episode VII.”
Needless to say, “I Can’t Wait!”