kathleen-kennedy-jj-abrams-george-lucasFilm Preview: “Star Wars VII” to hit a theater near you – December 18, 2015

StarWars.Com just released the following statement:

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 8Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek)and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost ArkThe Empire Strikes BackReturn of the Jedi). Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible – Ghost ProtocolJack RyanStar Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (TintinWar 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.

THR reported earlier that Kennedy and Abrams went to Studio CEO Bob Iger to ask for a 2016 release date, which was denied. The proposal was said to have happened after Michael Ardnt left the position of writer, which would leave Abrams/Kennedy with less pre-production time.

This may be the result of the late 2015 release. Thoughts?

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