In two years you'll be dreaming of a Jedi Christmas: Disney announced today that Star Wars: Episode VII will premiere December 18, 2015. Here's hoping the production doesn't encounter too much of a time crunch.
As the New York Times' Dave Itzkoff notes this is the first time a Star Wars movie will premiere outside of summer, and that's probably a good thing. The 2015 summer slate is already packed with franchise films and reboots, including the second Avengers movie and Jurassic World.
The Star Wars team might also need those extra months to get the film finished in the first place. Last week, a report surfaced that Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy had asked Disney to push the film back to 2016, to which Disney responded with a resounding no. We also know there might be some backstage drama going on with the script. Director J.J. Abrams and Star Wars vet Lawrence Kasdan took over for Little Miss Sunshine scribe Michael Arndt recently. Today, Abrams said that was because "it became clear that given the time frame and given the process and the way the thing was going that working with Larry in this way was going to get us where we need to be and when we needed to be."
It's worth noting that we still don't really have any details about this thing! Though, apparently, according to a casting call for open auditions, the project is looking for a "street-smart and strong" orphan girl in her late teens and a "smart" and "capable" early 20s dude, according to the BBC.
Shooting is scheduled to commence this coming spring.