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'Star Wars: Episode VII' official release date confirmed

Director JJ Abrams will begin shooting next spring at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire

'Star Wars: Episode VII' official release date confirmed

Lucasfilm has confirmed the release date of the new Star Wars movie.

It was announced on the official Star Wars website last night (November 7) that Episode VII will open in cinemas on December 18, 2015. Shooting is due to begin next Spring (2014) at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, the announcement added.

JJ Abrams is set to direct from a script he has co-written with Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi). At present, plot details are unknown and no cast members have been confirmed.

Harrison Ford and fellow original stars Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill are all expected to be returning, though Ford claimed he has "not quite made the choice" during a TV interview last month (October).

Earlier this week (November 4) Oscars favourite Chiwetel Eliojor became the latest name linked to the film. Atonement's Saoirse Ronan and The Wire actor Michael B Jordan have both revealed they have auditioned for roles and Benedict Cumberbatch, who worked with Abrams on this year's Star Trek Into Darkness, is rumoured to be in the frame too.

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