“Star Wars: The Force Awakens has completed principal photography.”
That’s how Lucasfilm and Disney announced the official name of Star Wars: Episode VII on Thursday afternoon, in a surprise announcement across social media channels. The name and logo were posted with absolutely no other information. While “Episode VII” doesn’t appear in the logo, they have officially been calling this Episode VII since its announcement, and the new “The Force Awakens” logo appears on the StarWars.com Episode VII page. Walt Disney Studios Publicity also emailed a link to the logo which read "Join us at StarWars.com and www.facebook.com/starwars for breaking Star Wars: Episode VII news!"
The subtitle will likely be analyzed like crazy on fansites for the next, oh, thirteen months or so until the release of the film, but on its surface, it makes a lot of sense. If Luke Skywalker did not immediately try to jumpstart a new Jedi order directly after Episode VI, Return of the Jedi, then this “awakening” can occur 30 some odd years later. With principal photography done, this does inch us closer to seeing some type of footage or posters or official shots released sooner, though those aren’t likely to come much before the Star Wars Celebration convention in April, 2015.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh episodic live action film in the series, opens in theaters December 18, 2015.