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'Star Wars: Episode 7': Disney Now Eying Late 2015 Release Date?

A year has passed since Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm and plan to release Star Wars: Episode VII in 2015 was announced, yet we still know remarkably little about the film (beyond rumor and hearsay). Similarly, J.J. Abrams (Star Trek Into Darkness) has been onboard as director on Episode VII for 9-10 months; yet, it was only two weeks ago that Disney/Lucasfilm confirmed that Abrams has taken over screenwriting - in collaboration with Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back) - from Oscar-winner Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3).

Abrams has since teased his planned aesthetic/storytelling approach to Episode VII; in essence, a blend of the grittier space western feel of Episodes IV-VI with the slicker and heavier sci-fi vibe of Episodes I-III (i.e. along the lines of Abrams' Star Trek movies). Meanwhile, the rumors just keep on circulating, with regard to what actors/actresses will be cast in the film - alongside the expected returning players from previous Star Wars installments - and what date, exactly, will Episode VII open in theaters.

Thus far, Disney/Lucasfilm has been sticking with its previous line - Episode VII should arrive in theaters by Spring/Summer 2015 - even as the rumors continue to pile up, pointing to a Fall/Winter 2015 theatrical debut instead. However, just today, Disney's Director of Retail in the Netherlands, Dennis Barbie, posted the following on Twitter (hat tip to Bleeding Cool and Jedi News):

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