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Published On: Fri, Nov 8th, 2013

‘Star Wars Episode 7’ set for December 2015, Brad Bird’s ‘Tomorrowland’ delayed

Fans can sigh and mark their calendars as Disney has announced that J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars: Episode VII will open in 3D on December 18, 2015.

Star Wars Episode VII bannerEpisode 7 will be the first Star Wars movie to be released outside of May.

Disney refused to move the film to 2016, and in order to meet the studio’s time frame, Abrams has partnered up with screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back) to handle finalizing the script.

Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland was also pushed back from November 2014 to May 22, 2015, adding even more clutter to the busy 2015 summer.

Bird’s film is now sandwiched three weeks behind The Avengers: Age of Ultron and only one week ahead of Pixar’s Inside Out.

This won’t be the last time fans can see it in writing, but it certainly will be the first:

Star Wars Episode VII will open in theaters on December 18, 2015.

Here’s the official announcement from Disney:

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.

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