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Disney to release new Star Wars film in December 2015

Disney will bring the next film in the Star Wars franchise to cinemas on December 18 2015, the company has said in a statement.

The Walt Disney Company purchased Star Wars producer Lucasfilm in 2012 and promised at least three more films in the series, which ranks as one of the biggest movie franchises of all times.

Director and writer of "Star Wars" George Lucas (C) poses with cast members. Credit: Reuters

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Osborne shows his relaxed side over Star Wars

Chancellor George Osborne could not stop himself from making a joke after announcing that the new Star Wars film would be made in the UK – and found it quite funny.

He said: “It’s great news that one of the most famous film franchises is coming to the United Kingdom...

“I got personally involved in trying to persuade the Lucasfilm to bring Star Wars to the UK so I’m absolutely delighted.

“And it looks like the force is strong with this one.”

Labour's Chuka Umunna hails Star Wars boost

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna has joined Chancellor George Osborne in welcoming the announcement that the new Star Wars film will be made in the UK.

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1/2 For once I agree with George Osborne - its fantastic news for our creative industries that the new Star Wars film is to be made here

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2/2 @harrietharman has set out our 5 point plan for the creative industries. My favourite of the Star Wars films: The Empire Strikes Back!

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