When J.J. Abrams came on board, there started to be talk of the schedule potentially getting pushed back a little – 2016 wouldn’t be out of the question. But now it looks like the initial target is still on track, with the studio announcing at their D23 expo over the weekend that the next instalment in the hugely successful saga will indeed be released in Summer 2015.
A firm release date is still yet to be announced, and so speculation will continue on that front until more news arrives.
Joss Whedon’s immensely anticipated sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron, is due to hit cinemas on May 1st, 2015, which arguably rules out the otherwise-expected ‘May the 4th’ weekend for Star Wars Episode VII.
The consensus seems to be a May 2015 release date being most likely, though with Avengers taking up the opening slot, it would arguably have to be quite late in May, if not avoiding the month altogether, and shooting instead for June, July, or even August.
The studio currently don’t have anything scheduled for August, but it perhaps seems less likely for Star Wars to roll out towards the end of the season, given its status as one of the most anticipated movies of the year, naturally expected to be a huge money-maker for the Mouse House.
Production on Star Wars Episode VII is expected to begin sometime in 2014, with Abrams directing from a script penned by Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire). With any luck, a firm release date for Summer 2015 will be announced shortly, along with more news on casting.