Rumor: ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Filming in Early 2014 for Late 2015 Release

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star wars episode 7 production release date Rumor: Star Wars: Episode 7 Filming in Early 2014 for Late 2015 Release

Star Wars: Episode VII rumors have begun to spread like wildfire, in the absence of concrete information being made available; all the more so, because Episode VII executive producer/Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and director J.J. Abrams are hunkered down in development on the project. As such, we’ve spent the past few weeks discussing casting rumors, possible returning characters and when, exactly, the next Star Wars live-action movie will open in theaters.

The latest word on Episode VII‘s theatrical premiere date is that the film could be arriving by mid-December 2015, despite Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn having reaffirmed a planned Summer 2015 release date for the blockbuster as recently as the 2013 D23 expo. However, a fresh rumor concerning the potential start of production date corroborates with claims that Abrams’ Star Wars flick will be arriving later than originally expected.

Pre-production on Episode VII is said to be already underway in the UK at Pinewood Shepperton’s Pinewood Studios just outside of London; meanwhile, Latino Review‘s sources are currently reporting that filming will begin on January 21st, 2014 (the day after next year’s Martin Luther King holiday). This information aligns with what producer Bryan Burke said a few months ago, back when he first revealed that the project is progressing on a schedule to begin filming by early 2014.

The January date would (in theory) allow enough time for Episode VII to make a Summer 2015 theatrical premiere date. However, LR‘s sources are claiming that Disney/Lucasfilm has fallen behind on development with Episode VII, which is why the studios are now considering a Winter Holiday 2015 launch date instead. If so, that could explain the lack of any Star Wars updates or new information being provided at D23, despite the chance that principal photography could begin in the foreseeable future. (Meanwhile, WB is confirming Ben Affleck’s casting as Batman in the Man of Steel sequel, almost two years ahead of the film’s release.)

star wars episode 7 start date Rumor: Star Wars: Episode 7 Filming in Early 2014 for Late 2015 Release

Truth be told, none of this feels out of the ordinary for a tentpole being directed by Abrams. Star Trek fans may recall that Star Trek Into Darkness (back before it had been officially-titled) was originally supposed to land during Summer 2012, but ended up being pushed back an entire year. Likewise, Benedict Cumberbatch wasn’t announced as being the Star Trek reboot sequel’s antagonist until (literally) less than a month before production got underway. Finally, Abrams – upon being hired as director on Episode VII – was reported to have made it absolutely clear to Lucasfilm that he isn’t committed to a Summer 2015 release date at the expense of the development process (read: the movie’s quality).

In other words, there’s little reason to believe that Episode VII is in trouble, assuming that the release date delay claims are true. After all, Abrams’ film will be kicking off the next era of Star Wars entertainment, so Disney and Lucasfilm have all the more incentive to allot the director enough time to make sure that Episode VII gets things started on the right foot.

Moreover, as others have pointed out, a December release date has proven fruitful for popcorn genre blockbusters like Avatar, the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol; not to mention, it would allow Episode VII to bypass the competition in Summer 2015 (which already includes new installments in The Avengers, Jurassic Park, Terminator and Pirates of the Caribbean franchises, in addition to Man of Steel 2, among others). So, all in all, a change in release date strategy doesn’t sound like a bad idea, as far as being something that Disney and Lucasfilm ought to consider (if they haven’t already).


Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams, based on a screenplay by Oscar-winner Michael Arndt (Oblivion). It remains tentatively slated to reach theaters sometime in 2015.

Source: Latino Review

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  1. If Josh Holloway doesn’t get cast in this movie I’ll be extremely disappointed….

    • That makes two of us…

    • That makes three..

      • Four…

    • Looks like he’s going to star in a new TV series called “Intelligence”, so he might not be available. He’d make a great scoundral of the Han Solo variety for sure, though.

      • *scoundrel

    • Five…..

      • and six!

        • Seven!

          • Eight!

            wait why are we counting

  2. I think i would prefer a winter release date. not is it better on my pocket (to many summer movies i want to see!) but it will also probably be better for them for the same reason, less direct competition during winter.

  3. In my opinion, there are so many (semi)young, talented actors in the industry today.. so many good choices could be made for this movie, very excited!!

  4. Should the January date be true
    then actors have been cast
    and still unannounced.

    • Interesting. That would make sense, at very least they would be in final negotiations.

  5. This movie has the feeling of an epic implosion.

    • implusion!


      like a dying star

  6. I’m not excited. I’m still pissed about the prequels.

  7. I can’t wait to see what they do… as long as they don’t cast Ryan Gosling and/or Zac Efron! MY GAWD, that would be even worse than the Batfleck casting.

  8. I agree with everyone’s sentiment. “Star Wars” is going to be a major hit with kids; however, the older fan base may just pass on the new trilogy. Sometimes certain franchises do not speak to all age groups.

    • I think they’d really have to screw it up for longstanding fans to pass this up, despite the bad vibes left over form the prequel trilogy. I don’t see that happening. Unless…

    • Everyone’s sentiment??? I am 29, and I didn’t get the memo. I am definitely going to see the movie.

  9. I agree. Since studios don’t give a damn about what fans think, they will do whatever they want just to please the general public and fill their pockets. Now instead of learning how to use a light saber, Jedis will learn to dance instead.

  10. Every time we complain about a change that was made in a certain episode. GL made sure we never forget about it. One of the worst changes done was in episode 6 when Dart Vader cried Noooo.. before killing the emperor.

    Since we complain about the same phrase in episode 3 he added that to episode 6. My guess is that he did it out of revenge.

    • He is a real egomaniac… thank goodness he handed the franchise over to someone else.

  11. The problem now is the casting. Efron makes me want to throw up.

    • +1 Agreed.

      • +100

  12. I am soooo excited for a new Star Wars movie. But at the same time, I have concerns. I don’t want the new movies to be too much like the originals. Do you know what I mean? Like, I don’t want it to feel like a rehash of the originals just because everyone loved them and hated the prequels. I want something fresh and new but at the same time, still captures the soul and spirit of the Star Wars universe. Hopefully they will do that. I have good faith that JJ will do that.

  13. What I didn’t like about the prequels was how ceremonious Jedis were. Too appropriate for my taste.

  14. I’d like to see Chloe Mortez involved in a leading role.

    • +1

  15. I’m fine with them taking their time and getting it right. I hope we see more creative use of force powers like maybe charging a lightsaber with force lightning then throwing it at somebody or some serious crouching tiger hidden dragon style saber battles. Also, more Sith. I’d love to see some of the Sith species as well. The red skin with the face tendrils. Probably won’t happen but it’d be cool.

  16. Erratum: Proper.

  17. I dont know what people expected from the sequels…they told the story…the acting was as bad as the originals..other then maybe Solo n both Kenobis

    • No, I disagree. I think that the acting was a lot better in the original series. Also, it didn’t rely nearly as much on special effects.

      • I would say they relied just as much on special effects. They just didn’t have the use of CGI back then so it was all models. Still an effect though.

    • I don’t like sand…

  18. Jennifer Lawrence as Jaina Solo!

    • YES!!

      • I’d prefer Chloe Moretz. She’s a complete badass.

  19. Id love to see Sam Witwer in it in some way :)

    • I am a huge fan of the books proceeding the Return of Jedi film. Disney, has already indicated that they will not go off any existing canon. Still, I would recommend they use portions of New Jedi Order story arc. The Yuuzahn Vong War was epic. If they pick and choose from that storyline, (19 parts) we may be in for a surprise. It’s very new and fresh compared to the first 6 films. Plus Luke, Han, Leia, Wedge, and Lando would all be age appropriate. I just don’t want the new movies to be focused around some Sith lord working from the shadows and or another Mega Batte Station threating the galaxy. More to the point, Avengers and Man of Steel 2 are going to own it that Summer. Hell, even Independence Day 2 will turn some heads. Just make a high quality film without trying to invent the wheel. P.S. Efron in the Paperboy wasn’t bad. End of Line.

  20. Please don’t stink..please don’t stink..please don’t stink……

  21. And yet, all the haters will still be lining Disney/Lucasfilm pockets when they come out to see the films. And they will still be buying all the merchandise, the books, the games, the clothes, the LEGOS, et. al., and yet still say it all sucks. :)

    Anyway, don’t SW films usually premier in May? I’m a little bummed that Disney is not following this tradition (as of right now).

  22. I hope JJ and crew are reading this:

    JAKE ABEL has to be cast as Luke Skywalker’s offspring… He’s a perfect mix of Mark Hamill and Hayden Christensen but with an incredibly dark aura that would fit him perfectly for becoming the next Skywalker falling for the Dark Side…

  23. 2015 will be busy, that’s for sure. :)

  24. Maybe they didn’t want Avengers 2 compared to it, which would happen especially if both released in Summer

  25. While I would be a little bit disappointed to not see Star Wars in May like usual a move to December would be a very wise move. Wouldn’t be much competition and Disney would also make a lot more money than they probably would running it against Avengers 2 plus the other big movies coming out in that time frame. Plus also more time to get everything right for a epic return to the galaxy far, far away.

  26. Will hamill and fisher have lost the weight in early 2014?? Or maybe jaba the hutt is making a comeback 😉

  27. I consider myself a fanboy or (fan-man),but sometimes all this complaining and belly-aching about Star Wars just really gets to me sometimes,Star Wars is forever,George Lucas’s creation has stood the test of time and will continue to do so,I just think all of the Star Wars prequel and George Lucas hate just needs to stop,after ALL this time its getting the fans no where,and at this point is totally useless,all haters just need to…”move along,move along”.

    • “Star Wars” is not forever. As someone who was a hardcore fan, during the first twenty to thirty years of my life, I can assure you that is wasn’t easy to turn my back. …but, I am at the end.

    • Thank you. I feared there were none on the net that shared my views. I liked the prequels. They weren’t as good as the originals, but they served their purpose. People have every right to dislike them though. I’m just sick of all the venom and hatred. There are far worse things in life and movies than what George Lucas did in the prequels. Just because they didn’t live up to some impossible standard that people who were children when the originals came out made up, doesn’t make them the travesties that all the net fans want to make them out. Quite frankly it’s become too cliche to just pile on.

  28. Anson Mount would make a great Jedi.

  29. I haven’t read anything on whether or not they’re using the EU as an influence, but how funny would it be if Luuke Skywalker made an appearance?