It’s time to dust off those lightsabers. ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ will officially hit theaters on Dec. 18, 2015!
It’s a Christmas miracle — two years early! After rumors of a delay due to script problems, Lucasfilm has confirmed that the first installment of J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars sequel trilogy will hit the big screen during the 2015 holiday season, HollywoodLife.com‘s sister site Deadline confirms. Read on for more details!
J.J. Abrams: No Bad Blood Over Script Problems
Fans were buzzing when the (duh!) highly anticipated Episode VII hit some writing snags two weeks back. J.J. and legendary Lucasfilm scribe Lawrence Kasdan announced they were taking over script-writing duties after the original writer Michael Arndt didn’t quite pan out, so many were worried that the film wouldn’t make its scheduled 2015 release date.
Well, Walt Disney Studios has fired back to put the rumors at bay, and they’ve taken things one step further; for the first time in history, a Star Wars film won’t open in May. Instead, it will bring hope and cheer (and no Jar Jar Binks) during the 2015 holiday.
“We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII,” said chairman Alan Horn. “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.”
As for J.J., he told HollywoodLife that there’s no bad blood over the split with Arndt. “Working with Michael Arndt was a wonderful experience, and I couldn’t be a bigger fan of his or adore him more,” he said. “He’s a wonderful guy. He was incredibly helpful in the process, and working with Larry Kasdan, especially on a Star Wars movie, is sort of unbeatable. It became clear that given the timeframe and given the process, the way the thing was going… working with Larry was going to get us where we needed to be; when we needed to be. That doesn’t preclude working with Michael again in the future at all.”
But What Is ‘Episode VII’ About?
J.J. is a man of many talents, but it seems like the winner is his ability to keep a secret. Sets and costumes are already being designed, and the film starts shooting in the spring, but no one seems to know what the movie is about. Han Solo navigating the murky waters of old age? Luke and Leia finally dealing with that creepy kiss? We’re not completely sure, but we’d put our money on Leia and Han having leadership positions in the New Republic after the collapse of the Empire. Also, they haven’t cast any younger actors yet — only the original trio — so we’re bursting at the seams to meet the next generation. (Can we recommend a Hemsworth?)
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Will you see Episode VII? Do you have any casting ideas?
– Shaunna Murphy