With post-production underway and a confirmed release date of December 18, 2015, fans around the globe are eagerly awaiting the release of Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.

“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,” said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios in 2013, months before production began.

Although many die-hard “warsies” were infuriated after hearing of another Star Wars film (with nauseating images of Jar-Jar Binks and little Anakin Skywalker still haunting the beloved franchise), when word was confirmed that Star Wars: Episode VII would be directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) and scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi) fans everywhere began to see a light at the end of the tunnel.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, along with J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk produced the film, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Jack Ryan, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (The Adventures of Tintin, War of the Worlds) serving as executive producers.

As if securing an award-winning director and notable writers and producers weren’t enough to ensure Episode VII’s success, legendary composer John Williams has composed the score for Star Wars: Episode VII.

Peter Mayhew & Harrison Ford in Star Wars: Episode IV, A New Hope, 1977


Shooting began in spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios in Heath, Buckinghamshire, England. True to the Original trilogy, whose first film, Star Wars: Episode IV, A New Hope debuted on May 25, 1977 in less than 30 theatres, Star Wars: Episode VII will return to practical effects, relying on models and puppeteering, but continuing to utilize digital special effects, merging “the best of both worlds” as Abrams puts it.

The first official teaser trailer was released on November 28, 2014, restoring faith in the franchise. Buckle up, Orlando! Han and Chewie may be seasoned and a bit worse for the wear, but the dynamic duo is about to shake the big screen and the galaxy for the fourth time on December 18th! All Star Wars, all the time.