Star Wars VII

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Some of the vagueness that surrounds Star Wars: Episode VII these days is probably a typical result of the J.J. Abrams “mystery box” strategy. But some of it is starting to seem suspicious, especially with the movie’s complete absence from Disney’s D23 convention, where studio chief Alan Horn only reiterated a planned 2015 release date. Huge 2015 tentpoles like The Avengers: Age of ULtronAnt-ManBond 24 and The Fantastic Four all have confirmed their dates for the year, but Star Wars— arguably the biggest of the bunch– remained unclear. What’s going on?

Badass Digest, digging through what they’ve heard from multiple sources, has a theory. They say that Disney has circled December 2015 for the Episode VII release date, with a bow on December 15 the most likely. Every previous Star Wars film has opened in May, so that would be a break with tradition, but mid-December has increasingly has become a solid spot to open big, fanboy-friendly entertainment as well. It’s where Disney placed Tron: Legacy— another attempt to revive a franchise from an earlier period– and where Avatar opened on its way toward becoming the biggest film of all time.

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