Rumor Patrol: ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Release Date & Teaser Info

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When Disney announced last fall that they had made the monumental acquisition of Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise, they coupled the news with the exciting confirmation that the saga would continue with Star Wars: Episode VII in the summer of 2015. It wasn’t long before J.J. Abrams, who spearheaded the return of the Star Trek franchise, was brought on board to direct the first installment of the trilogy.

Rumors then pointed towards the possibility that the film would be delayed to the fall, something unusual for Disney who have are crafting strict plan not unlike their other major acquisition in Marvel Studios, to blown out the franchise and build a Star Wars cinematic universe with annualized releases of spinoffs and core episode installments. The latest rumors point to a possible date for Episode 7 and a potential imminent announcement.

The first unsubstantiated rumor comes from Jedi News with a seemingly random “source,” labeling their own scoop as a rumor. We’re three levels deep into questionable territory with this one but the info is interesting, should Disney actually move the release date of Episode 7 away from the summer to capitalize on both it and the fall season (The Avengers 2 is their summer blockbuster already).

“A non live-action teaser trailer will be aired on 4th April 2014, the release date of Marvel Studios Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The teaser will be similar to the recent Star Wars Rebels trailer in style and will be the first official reveal of Episode VII’s release date of 11th November 2015 (11/11/15).”

That post was taken down for a day or so but we recovered it via the wonders of Google caching (it appears to be back now). The rumored release date is 9 days before the final installment in The Hunger Games series, a film that would split audiences, which again puts its validity in question.

Another rumor from Ali Arikan, chief film critic of Dipnot TV, who put his credibility on the line by tweeting about an imminent Star Wars announcement. With the rumors frenzy hitting a boiling point, and Disney needing to start focusing on Thor: The Dark World promotion very soon, the timing of a major announcement should be very soon or far later – but the latter would allow for more months of out of control false reports.

These tweets were four days ago and of course, nothing. That doesn’t mean an announcement isn’t coming, it means that everyone claiming to have inside knowledge has been wrong so far, or at least, not correct.

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There’s also the rumor yesterday about possible titles for Star Wars 7, working titles that don’t seem to jive with the naming scheme of each trilogy opening installment so far and seem rather uninspired and generic. If anything, Disney could announce an official date and title for Episode 7 if they have yet to hammer down a deal with Harrison Ford. Although for fans, the best play would be to announce the return of him, alongside original trilogy co-stars Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, coupled with info on the title and date.

With production beginning next year being a certainty, and a 2015 release being a must for the studio, it won’t be long before we can put an end to the annoying headline-driven confusion and rumors. After all, the studio is also working on Star Wars spinoffs for 2016 and 2017 so there’s a lot of work to be done and several rosters of characters that need to be cast. Abrams and co. are currently in the process of auditioning actors for Episode VII so let’s hope they lock-down talent soon.

When do you expect Lucasfilm and Disney to make official Star Wars announcements?

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Star Wars: Episode VII is tentatively slated to reach theaters by Summer 2015, though it could wind up delayed until the Winter Holiday Season.

Follow Rob on Twitter @rob_keyes.

Sources: Jedi News

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  1. Wow so it maybe or may not be announced at some point sooner or later.

    That clears that up then.

    • Thus far, all of the rumors, innuendo, and secrecy are in keeping with Abrams’ modus operandi. It creates buzz about the film, as if a new Star Wars film needed any additional/contrived buzz. It is a trait of Abrams that I believe many find quite irritating and tiresome.

      The very least they could have done by now is confirm whether or not Hamill, Ford, and Fisher will be returning.

      • I’m getting really tired of people saying this lack of information is all Abrams’ fault when Kathy Kennedy has already stated multiple times that she plans to be as open with fans about the movie as possible. And since she’s the president of LucasFilm, I think she has a slight bit more power than Abrams, who certainly DOES know that he doesn’t have to manufacture buzz for a new Star Wars movie. Clearly there just isn’t anything to announce yet, probably because of Harrison’s obligation to Ender’s Gamr and Disney’s obligation to Thor 2 marketing.

        • Jeff is a devout JJ Abram’s hater, and instead of being an adult blames him whenever he thinks he has the chance. Pay no attention to him.

          • Wrong, Terra. I loved the first two years of Lost and the first four years of Fringe. I do not “hate” him, but merely criticize certain decisions that he makes, such as his apparent hard-on for secrecy, excessive camera flares, and making two mediocre Trek flicks.

            Now, then, I won’t pay any further attention to you, either…

      • Why can’t you just wait? It’s not like it’s REAL news in the world today, these are movies about space wizards, and you’re seriously criticizing a director for not releasing information when Star Wars 7 isn’t released in 2 more years? You’re lucky to be getting ANY information now, but I guess fans are never satisfied.

      • Hey, ever wonder if JJ Abrams isn’t ALLOWED to show it, considering he doesn’t have authority over Disney and other head of management? He’s the director, he directs the movie, he’s NOT in charge of advertisements and announcement. THINK next time.

        • Discern from his history, and you think next time.

    • I love getting teased about a teaser half a year in advance. A teaser that will show diddly-squat. How I love marketing…

  2. Please not like Star Wars Rebels. Anything but that.

  3. looking forward to the announcements.

    • In the news today: we may or may not hear that Screen rant may or may not know if Star Wars may or may not be released in Fall or Summer.
      Thanks Screen Rant. I may or may not compare you to Yahoo news who definitely releases their stories in a very similar way.
      Yahoo News: Today there was a car accident in America.

  4. Even if it is in November, I am just happy to get new films.

    • It wont be November…Star Wars will get its may release…Star Wars has the greater history with May releases…Avengers 2 will be moved.

  5. Still hoping for a Cumberbatch casting announcement personally. It’s so hard to wait.

  6. Wow…Really…Am I really the only person on this earth who realizes that if any movie gets put back, it would be Avengers 2! Star Wars has a far greater history with 6 summer releases than Avengers does with 1 film!

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