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‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Gets 2015 Release Date

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(CBS SF/AP) – For the first time in the franchise’s history, a “Star Wars” film won’t be released in the summer.

Walt Disney Studios announced Thursday that “Star Wars: Episode VII” will open in theaters on Dec. 18, 2015. The original 1977 film helped set the precedent of the summer blockbuster. But this latest installation in George Lucas’ space opera will be a holiday season affair.

The project recently shuffled screenwriters, worrying much of the “Star Wars” fan universe. Screenwriter Michael Arndt exited, with director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan taking over the script.

Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said the December date will “ensure our extraordinary team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture.”

San Francisco-based Lucasfilm is set to begin shooting “Star Wars VII” in the spring at Pinewood Studios.

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