Star Wars 7 has been confirmed for release on December 18, 2015.

Disney have confirmed the date was chosen to fit in with the festive period and to make sure the film was finished to a high standard.

Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said in a statement: ‘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 film-going season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture.’

Disney were believed to have been gearing up for a summer 2015 release, as teased by Disney boss Horn at this year’s D23 Expo.

The news comes after a supposed UK casting call was made seeking ‘beautiful, smart and athletic’ actors to appear in the JJ Abrams-directed blockbuster.

Auditions will be held across the UK and Ireland starting on November 9 in Bristol.

Stars Wars 7 is set to start shooting at Pinewood Studios in Spring next year.

source: metro UK