StarWars.com announced today that Episode VII will hit theaters on Friday, December 18, 2015.
After some back-and-forth between Disney and Lucasfilm about the release date, December was chosen to "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, in a press release.
So there will be a lot of toys.
Casting is going on now, with shooting scheduled to begin in spring of 2014 at London's Pinewood Studios.
This is the first live action Star Wars film not to have been released in May. Celebration VII is still scheduled for April 2015, so the convention will still be the lead-up to the movie - just not quite so close as fans, including myself, were speculating.
Okay. Now that we've got a release date, I can get excited!