Star Wars gets release date

J. J. Abrams

Star Wars: Episode VII finally has an official release date.

After months of speculation it is now confirmed the much-anticipated sequel will hit movie theaters on December 18, 2015.

This is a few months later than the original prediction of summer 2015, reports

“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 Disney chairman Alan Horn.

Earlier reports suggested Disney chief Bob Iger wanted a summer 2015 release while producer Kathleen Kennedy and the creative team asked for a much later release date of summer 2016.

This means the eventual December 2015 release is a compromise between the head of Disney and the creative team, reports

“This obviously is one of the most important movies we have in the next few years,” Iger said. “We’ve chosen a date that will allow the creative team to make a great film.”

Iger goes on to point out that the date chosen for Episode VII’s release is the same one chosen for hit movie Avatar, when it came out on in 2009.

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams and he is also writing the picture with Lawrence Kasdan. Pre-production has already begun on the epic movie, which is expected to start filming in London in spring 2014.

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