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.

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