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Published November 08, 2013, 09:24 PM

Star Wars movie release date announced

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A year ago, Disney bought Lucasfilm and the rights to one of the most beloved film franchises of all time.

By: Drew Trafton, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A year ago, Disney bought Lucasfilm and the rights to one of the most beloved film franchises of all time.

And now, the 'Empire' has released key details on its next installment, 'in a galaxy far, far away.'

Disney via Lucasfilm has officially announced a release date for Star Wars Episode 7: December 18, 2015!

And in what some are calling even bigger news. It's all but confirmed the original cast will be returning to the big screen.

But aren't those actors.

Phat Kat Antiques owner Shannon Grindberg says Star Wars launched his love of collectibles.

The original inspiration for what blossomed into his Fargo antiques and collectibles business.

Shannon Grindberg/Owner, Phat Kat Antiques: "There's always people coming in looking for the original stuff. Always."

And it's a serious business.

Since its inception, estimated revenue from Star Wars toys and merchandise alone has topped $13 billion dollars.

Grindberg: "I mean, I've had figures that have been in the hundreds of dollars."

But beyond fans and collectors-- will old faces on the silver screen be able to generate enthusiasm in new viewers?

Greg Tehven/Ally of the “Dark Side”: "I have never watched the show."

Greg Tehven says even the return of Luke, Leia and Han will keep his interest in Star Wars frozen in carbonite.

Tehven: "That's great. I'm glad they're still living, but personally it doesn't really get me too excited."

But that sentiment wasn't shared by Fargo padawans by and large.”

In fact, the Force seems to be strong with Disney's target demo.

Sarah Schmidt/Star Wars fan: "I'm pretty into it. I think it's going to turn out pretty well."

Noah Trautmann/Star Wars fan: "Hopefully they don't, you know, mess it up or anything like that, though."

So, perhaps there is 'A New Hope' for Disney's Star Wars ambitions after all.

December 18th is also the day the top grossing film of all time, Avatar, was released.

Some speculate Disney's attempting to "clone" that success with its decision.

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