The Force will be strong on Dec. 18, 2015, when the next "Star Wars" flick hits theaters, Walt Disney Studios announced on Thursday.

Preproduction for "Star Wars: Episode VII" is already in "full swing," with shooting slated to start in spring 2014, according to Disney.

J.J. Abrams is directing, with a script from Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan.

John Williams is returning to score.