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Star Wars Episode VII Release Date Confirmed, New Darth Vader TV Specials Revealed

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 9:53 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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Disney has been very quiet on the Star Wars front. We’ve heard very little in the way of solid casting news, and even the release date has appeared in flux. Today though we received a very interesting piece of paper: a brochure from Disney’s presentation at the European Brand Licensing Show.  In addition to announcements for a Star Wars Mobile LEGO game and a Star Wars Digital Library due to launch next year, there’s also an apparent confirmation of the release date of Star Wars Episode VII in the Spring/Summer of 2015.  Oh, and there’s a mention of some upcoming Darth Vader-themed TV specials that might interest you.

Here’s the latest schedule for Disney’s upcoming projects, courtesy of the European Brand Licensing Show (via Jedi News):

Darth_Vader_by_zaratusThis is a page from the Disney brochure given out to the attendees of the European Brand Licensing Show. This is the detailed current calendar plan from Disney for the Star Wars brand. Plenty of little bits of info that will stir much debate and discussion:

  • Star Wars Mobile LEGO games following on from successful app releases of the Batman and Harry Potter platform ports. Coming in Spring / Summer 2014.
  • A Star Wars Digital Library is to launch in Autumn / Winter 2014.
  • Confirmation that the plan remains for Star Wars Episode VII to be released in the Spring / Summer of 2015.
  • But perhaps the most surprising, exciting and fast approaching news is the release of “Darth Vader Themed TV Specials.”

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These are just the announcements that Jedi News singled out, but the image below also mentions some Star Wars crossover projects with LEGO, Phineas & Ferb and Angry Birds, plus plans for a Jedi Training Academy at Disney parks.  In regards to the Vader Special, all we can do is make predictions, but it is safe to assume it will bridge the gap between Episodes III and IV, but how cool would it be to see him in between A New Hope and Empire or Empire and Jedi? As a HUGE Vader fan, one of my favorite Vader incarnations is in the novel Shadows of the Empire which takes place in between Empire and Jedi.  I will often read just the Vader chapters for fun. It’s interesting to see how bored he is with any task that doesn’t involve finding his son and turning him to the dark side. One particular chapter has him single handedly wipe out a rebel X-Wing group, but finds it hollow because he hasn’t been challenged since his son “bested” him at Yavin. Hopefully this special will wipe away the sour taste of the Star Wars Holiday Special.

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    • Randy

      Woohoo! More Vader!

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