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Star Wars: Episode VII Gets Release Date

Mark your calendars! Star Wars: Episode VII will be coming to a galaxy not so far away (aka, a theater near you) on Dec. 18, 2015, Lucasfilm announced Thursday. "We're very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will...

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Mark your calendars! Star Wars: Episode VII will be coming to a galaxy not so far away (aka, a theater near you) on Dec. 18, 2015, Lucasfilm announced Thursday.

"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," Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, said in a statement.

TV wigs: Trick or treat?

Shooting on the highly anticipated film is set to begin in spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios right outside of London.

The film's director J.J. Abrams, along with The Empire Strikes BackandReturn of the Jedi co-writer Lawrence Kasdan, recently took over screenwriting duties from Toy Story 3 scribe Michael Arndt.

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, Bryan Burk (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Abrams are producing, and Tommy Harper (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (War of the Worlds) will serve as executive producers. John Williams, who scored the first three films, but not the more recent prequels, will return for Episode VII.