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'Star Wars: Episode VII' Has a Release Date

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Following in the ignoble tradition of The Star Wars Holiday Special, Star Wars: Episode VII will arrive just in time for Christmas, with Disney today announcing the film's official release date: December 18, 2015. Write it down, in case they forget to put it on the posters.

"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 Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn.

As previously reported, J.J. Abrams is directing from a script he's writing with Lawrence Kasdan, with a cast that includes Steven Seagal, Kelly LeBrock, Frederick Coffin, and William Sadler as the film's new evil senator, Vernon Trent.

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