It's official: "Star Wars: Episode VII" will be released in theaters on December 18, 2015. The date was confirmed by Lucasfilm, and announced over at StarWars.com, ending months of speculation on when the movie would be hitting theaters everywhere.
From the official press release:
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 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek)and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi). Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Jack Ryan, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War 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.
Though this does break with the traditional May release date for Star Wars films, it also clears the path away from a very crowded Summer, which includes "Avengers: Age of Ultron," "Batman vs. Superman," a new James Bond, and far more.
And, chances are, this is just the cusp of "Star Wars" news. After a tumultuous few weeks that included a switch of the writing staff from Michael Arndt to J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, and talk that there was disagreement between Director Abrams and Disney, chances are we're now not too far off from title announcements, casting announcements, and maybe even a first, rumored teaser trailer.
Stay tuned to MTV News for more info on "Star Wars" as it breaks.