I called it.
We still don't have a completed script or any official casting information, but we do have word that Star Wars: Episode VII is looking at a production start in January 21, 2014 with a late, Christmas release in 2015. That is quite sometime after the initial reports of a summer 2015 release. That is closer to 2016 than we thought.
It was previously rumored that Disney was looking at a December release date for Episode VII, which I personally thought made sense, and this new information supports that. If they wanted a summer release date and have it be as good as it could be the film would have started production this year and not waited until January. Hell, The Avengers: Age of Ultron has and has had more wheels turning than Star Wars does which makes sense seeing that its release date is May 2015.
Like I said in a previous post, a release in late 2015 would put Star Wars in competition (to some degree) with:
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Kung Fu Panda 3
Some movies that still don't have official release dates but are aiming for 2015 are:
Jurassic Park 4
Snow White and the Huntsman 2
Ratchet & Clank
Mission Impossible 5
Pitch Perfect 2
I don't know if I would necessarily bet for a Christmas day release for Episode VII, but I think anytime in December is most likely at this point. The only other option is to try and squeeze it in by Thanksgiving and put it in direct competition with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 and Finding Dory.
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