Following weeks of rumors that the creators of the new “Star Wars” movies were fighting with studio executives about release timing, we now know exactly when we’ll be seeing “Star Wars: Episode VII”: December 18, 2015. The announcement was posted to the official Starwars.com website Thursday afternoon.
The release will come two years and 42 days from now, and ten and a half years after the last new “Star Wars” film, 2005’s ““Star Wars, Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.” The new film, still untitled, will be the first “Star Wars” movie released during the holiday season; every other “Star Wars” film to date has arrived in the month of May.
Disney and Lucasfilm also confirmed that shooting will commence next spring at Pinewood Studios, so expect lots of casting news in the coming months:
“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.
The release date had previously been announced as only 2015, with the assumption that the movie would arrive either in May or some other time in the summer. The news clears that summer for both the “Avengers” sequel and the Batman/Superman teaming.