Rumor Patrol: ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ to Release in Mid-December 2015

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Ever since the world (of sci-fi fans, at least) was rocked by the news that Disney had acquired Lucasfilm and set in motion plans to produce Star Wars: Episode 7, official announcements about returning cast and the creative team being assembled have been trickling in steadily amidst a river of rumor and speculation.

Whether it’s Ryan Gosling as the son of Luke Skywalker or the return of Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, there’s a rumor to suit just about every sensibility. One subject of particular interest, however, is the exact timing of Star Wars: Episode 7‘s 2015 release, which will help to determine how successful the movie could be at the box office, and what kind of competition it will be facing.

Though Star Wars: Episode 7‘s precise release date has not been officially set, Badass Digest cites rumors from “multiple sources” that Disney and Lucasfilm have their sights set on a December 2015 release date for Star Wars Episode 7, most likely in the middle of the month. This contradicts Disney CEO Alan Horn’s recent comments at D23, in which he indicated that the film will be released by summer 2015, but there are a few reasons that make the move to a winter release more likely.

The summer 2015 box office is already looking pretty gladiatorial, with plenty of heavy hitters stepping up to the plate. May, the month in which all the Star Wars movies so far have been released, will bring The Avengers: Age of Ultron – a movie with a similar target demographic as Star Wars: Episode 7 (and with Disney behind them both), which follows on from 2012 titan The Avengers, the third highest-grossing movie of all time. June is a little quieter, save for Terminator 5 and video game adaptation Assassin’s Creed, but Independence Day 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean 5 are both scheduled for July releases.

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A December 2015 release would also give director J.J. Abrams as much time as possible to piece Star Wars: Episode 7 together, whilst still remaining in the general timeframe of 2015. Despite the huge amount of anticipation for the sequels, Star Wars: Episode 7 needs to dispel the stigma associated with the prequels in order to keep audiences coming back for the next two movies, which means that Disney would be well advised to give Star Wars: Episode 7 a generous development, production and post-production schedule. It could also set the new Star Wars trilogy up as the new Christmas franchise, taking over after The Hobbit concludes in 2014.

Do you want to see Star Wars: Episode 7 as soon as possible, or are you okay with waiting an extra few months? Tell us which release period you think would be wisest in the comments.


Star Wars Episode 7 is expected to release some time in 2015.

Source: Badass Digest

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  1. Well being a Star Wars and Middle Earth fan, I’ll say that I’m very pleased.

    • Are you referring to The Hobbit and Star Wars in the same year? Cause that won’t be happening..

      • The idea of a Christmas release is what is being referred to.

      • I’m referring that once The Hobbit is finished, then I’m looking forward to Star Wars.

  2. What a great ChrisKwanukah present!

  3. I wish Disney would put that Pirates of the Caribbean 5 in the December spot and put Star Wars in July. I’m really hyped for this movie!

  4. I’m down for it because summer is way overstuffed with too many movies as it is. Its about time studios start spreading out some of these movie releases.

  5. Umm.. May 4th anyone? Why isn’t it scheduled for May 4th?

    • Because AV2 opens May 1st. Disney doesn’t want the two of them battling for $$$$$$$ at the Box Office.

      • That makes sense. I didn’t know that’s when Avengers was being released. And I think Star Wars would win that one, but yeah, I can see them not wanting to split the box office.

      • The last 6 Star Wars were released mid-late May. Even with Avengers 2 opening 1st of May, there could be enough time for both.

        I guess Disney wants to make the most it can, although Star Wars feels like a summer movie… but this gives JJ more time to wedge in some time travel plot device (like Obi didn’t die, he was transported to the future… SPOILER!).

    • 2 Words: The Avengers

    • Uh, May 4, 2015 would be the dumbest idea ever. Who ever heard of releasing a movie to theaters on a Monday?!?!?!?!?!?

  6. im okay with giving them extra time to get this movie right. Plus I am okay with spreading out the films of 2015 which is going to be insane. haha

  7. Alan Horn announced a release date of SUMMER 2015 at D23 last week. Until something else is officially announced by Disney, don’t waist my time.

    • *waste

      Maybe if you weren’t being so ignorant you would have noticed that error.

      • Bad Ass Digest were the ones that said a couple weeks ago that JJ Abrams was leaving. So I’ll take Bad Ass’s sources with a grain of salt.
        I would think SR would want their own sources. Thanks Tray for your correction. Waste.

    • It says Rumor Patrol in the title. It seems you wasted your own time.

      • May be so. I must remember that means no sources, none that can be shared any how. Just speculation galore!!!!

  8. This may turn out to be a very smart move.

  9. I would have it pushed back another year if it meant improvement in quality.

    • Wholeheartedly agree.

  10. I’m betting memorial day weekend. It’ll be a few weeks after Avengers 2 thus will not interfere with each other’s money making potential. While the 2015 movie season is packed, I doubt Disney is overly concerned with the competition. Come on, it’s Star Wars!!

    • Disney doesn’t want Av2′s profits sucked up by Star Wars. But I do like your idea of a late May release.

  11. Good idea. While I’m not really interested in Star Wars all that much (Might see it since my friends are huge fans), I’m just hoping they start spreading blockbusters into the holidays and late spring, like Iron Man. I missed quite a few movies because there were so many others I was waiting for.

  12. Sounds good to me.

  13. Pirates 5? Just . . . pirates 5????


  14. Just out of curiosity is Ryan Gosling confirmed for star wars? I don’t remember seeing any news saying he was.

    • Nope, just a rumor that he met with Disney/Lucasfilm. Nothing close to confirmed.

  15. I’m okay with waiting an extra few months. Better to take their time with this film than rushing it just for a summer 2015 release date. I don’t minded the holiday season 2015 release date.

  16. Star Wars Holiday Special II: The Return of Life Day

  17. No I want a Summer release!!! I want to see the Nerd Chaos please!!!

  18. Still wish it would be a May release, paying homage to the previous ones. Star Wars has always been a summer movie.

  19. Two Words: World’s Finest. 2015

    • 3 words to lower expectations: David goyer writing.

      • Please tell me David Goyer is not writing Star Wars…oh dear God, please…

        • Michael Ardnt along with jj is writing Star Wars. Goyer is writing superman vs batman.

      • 4 words to up my expectation again: Man of Steel ruled.

  20. I don’t mind, gives it a better chance for success with little to no competition.

    • Looking at the films coming out that month I agree.

    • Yeah, unless you count

      Holiday Shopping.
      Holiday Parties.
      Holiday Seasons
      Putting up with foolish shoppers.
      Larges amounts of Snow in certain areas.
      Cold Waeather
      Bad Traffic.
      Holiday Traffic.
      Holiday Crowds.
      Holiday Dinners
      Holiday Relatives
      Working Longer Hours because of the Religions of multiple people at work.

      Yeah, No Competition for Star Wars.

      Or Disney might have found out the Market for New Star Wars, is just not there past the die hard fans.

      • All that didn’t effect the “Lord of the Rings” films or “Avatar”.

        • Define effect.

          Avatar did well. Was ground breaking visuals…Even if the story was done before.

          Lord of the Rings Return of the King, eh…72 Million Opening Weekend. Not bad

          Star Wars…Eh.

          After the So so box office of Star Trek into Darkness, I think Fans of Star Wars will either loathe or hate JJ

      • All you need is three hours – to watch the new Star Wars film.

  21. they’re going to change it to summer 2016 guaranteed. If avengers makes a gazillion dollars they’ll be like wait let’s postpone until next summer to guarantee another gazillion dollars. happened with Harry Potter 6 and Man of steel

  22. If I were Disney, I would delay Avengers 2 and release Star Wars in May.

    I think this has to do more with not being ready by May then worrying too much about summer overlap.

  23. Mid December.

    Most people are getting ready for the holidays, Vacation, Trips. Not for nothing, but the money on a movie is better used on presents.

    Just saying.

    • Yeah, Christmas time is really terrible for the box office. I mean, just look at the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Those movies did horribly at the box office.

      • Don’t forget titanic and avatar
        Those movies bankrupt 20th century fox

        • Oh yeah. Good call. More proof that December is terrible for movies.

      • Did Not say it was terrible.

        But, is there something wrong with Star Wars not coming out in May, like it all ways have?

  24. Sound good to me, Star wars is good movie for the holidays

  25. very smart move by Disney on this one. Everyone sees how much business the hobbit did even with the rather underwhelming reviews compared to the original trilogy. Its a great spot to make a lot of money, ud be suprised how many families see movies on christmas day.

    • Reveal (facts) before Zod!

      • LOL…

      • BAHAHAHA!!!!!

  26. Well, that’s breaking tradition, but then I feel that too many movies are released and compete too hard for that early summer release. Besides, I don’t mind a nice little Christmas present. ;)

  27. I’m sorry to be nitpicky but Alan Horn is not Disney’s CEO. He is the studios’ chairman. Bob Iger is the Disney CEO. SR tends to make these mistakes when it comes to the business side of things. I like SR but they should do simple fact checking before posting stuff. Sorry to be that guy.

    • Facts like greed are good!!

  28. They could just push back Avengers Age of Ultron to Summer 2016 so it could compete with Batman vs Superman and give Star Wars Ep 7 the Summer 2015 release (that probably won’t happen because Marvel would have to push back there future movie releases). Or release Star Wars in the Summer of 2016 so it could compete with Star Trek 3. Either way would be cool, but I just don’t like the idea of releasing Star Wars in December. Star Wars started the summer blockbuster. Releasing a Star Wars movie at any other time of the year just seems wrong.