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    ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ to be released Dec. 18, 2015

    Stormtrooper figurines were on display at a September exhibition celebrating the 30th anniversary of “Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi.”
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    Stormtrooper figurines were on display at a September exhibition celebrating the 30th anniversary of “Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi.”

    Lucasfilm announced the official release date of “Star Wars: Episode VII” as Dec. 18, 2015.

    The confirmation was revealed to the public via StarWars.com, which also confirmed that shooting is scheduled to begin this spring at London’s Pinewood Studios.

    Alan Horn of Walt Disney Studios is quoted in the release, stating:

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    “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.”

    “Super 8” and “Star Trek” director J.J. Abrams will step behind the lens for the anticipated film. Abrams also collaborated with “Return of the Jedi” scriptwriter Lawrence Kasdan to pen the script. Screenwriting duties were transferred to Kasdan in October from Michael Arndt, of “Little Miss Sunshine” fame. Arndt was announced as the original scriptwriter for the film in 2012, but Abrams confirmed the Oscar-winning screenwriter exited the project the following year.