Star Wars Episode VII scheduled to open December 18, 2015

star_wars_logo_640_large_verge_medium_landscapeTime to dust off your lightsabers!  Star Wars is coming back to the big screen!

Announced today on StarWars.com, we’ve got the official date for our return to that distant long ago galaxy:

With pre-production in full-swing, a confirmed release date of December 18, 2015, has been set for 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.

Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8Mission: Impossible IIIStar Trek) and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost ArkThe Empire Strikes BackReturn of the Jedi). Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible – Ghost ProtocolJack RyanStar Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin,War of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.

Shooting is scheduled to begin spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios.

I’m actually really looking forward to a new series of films helmed by J.J. Abrams. I kinda felt the Abrams Star Trek films better resembled the kinds of space adventure movies that the Star Wars universe deserved.

I wonder when I’ll be able to pre-order tickets…

Share your thoughts?