Just got this hot bit of news over the interwebz! The 10-year old in me just did a Jedi somersault:

(Via StarWars.com)

Star Wars: Episode VII to Open December 18, 2015

With pre-production in full-swing, a confirmed release date of December 18, 2015, has been set for Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.

“We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.

Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek)and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost ArkThe Empire Strikes BackReturn of the Jedi). Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible - Ghost ProtocolJack RyanStar Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (TintinWar of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.

Shooting is scheduled to begin spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios.

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Couple this with the rumored open casting call that's taking place here in Chicago, and things are really heating up in that galaxy far, far away...

The question is, can they make the deadline? I'm accustomed to waiting 3 years between Star Wars epics, and while this one has been in the works for a while, they recently changed writers.

Do I feel a strange disturbance in the Force over this? Is making a holiday release in 2015 just delusions of grandeur?

Let me know in the comments section, on Twitter, or via e-mail!

And May The Force Be With You!

Elliott Serrano is a Redeye Special Contributor, resident geek and Jedi-in-Training.