STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Gets An Official Release Date

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While the web continues to spew rumors regard who will be playing what role in JJ Abrams’ upcoming take on the Star Wars franchise, one thing we do know for sure is that the film will hit theaters in 2015. As is tradition with films in this highly successful series, they were gunning for a May release date. However, due to the script issues they’ve been having, Abrams was trying to get them to delay the release to allow for more pre-production work. Last we heard, It wasn’t going to happen and Abrams was going to be forced to work with the schedule he’d been give.

It has been announced this afternoon that Star Wars: Episode VII will blast into theaters on December 18th, 2015, which will allow the production team about a year and half to get the film made rather than the planned 12-ish months he was being faced with. In turn, giving the fans the film they want (and deserve after the last trilogy).

“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.

We know that casting is underway for the film, learning yesterday that Saoirse Ronan had indeed read for a role, but was not cast. We’ve heard quite a few rumors in regards to which characters will be featured in the film, but nothing has been confirmed at this point. We’ve also heard that the trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will be taking part, but again, no confirmation on this news. Filming is set to begin in spring of 2014, so we can expect to hear which actors will be taking on a role fairly soon. Keep checking back for more news as it comes along

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Source : Star Wars.com