Little news in the entertainment world has been as exciting as the forthcoming return of the Star Wars saga. But after more than a year of speculation, rumor-sharing and date-shifting, it finally seems there’s something concrete to report – namely, there is a script, and it’s finished.

During a Television Critics Association panel on Sunday, writer-director J.J. Abrams confirmed, “We’re working really hard and we’ve got our script and we’re in deep prep. Full steam ahead.”

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Originally scheduled for release in the summer of 2015, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said the studio decided to push its release to December 18 of the same year in order to ensure that Abrams and his collaborators had sufficient time to make the film as good as possible. “We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII,” Horn said in a statement released in November.

“It will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” he added.

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Meanwhile, Abrams also confirmed a rumor circulating that Breaking Bad star Jesse Plemons had met with him about a possible role in the film. “He is one of the actors that we’ve talked to,” Abrams said, adding that such information often precedes actual meetings, and even his knowledge of the actors he might be meeting with.

“It’s not often that I read about actors that I’m going to be meeting,” he admitted. “I get to read articles about actors who are going to come in. And so I get to see someone and say, ‘Oh, I read that I was going to see you!’ … It’s a lot of noise.”

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In fact, Abrams discouraged fans from reading too much into those rumors, because they’re often false, inspiring hope and disappointment over developments that not only will never come to pass, but were never going to happen. “It’s incredible to see how many crazy things get thrown out that people then often write commentaries about how happy or how disappointed they are about something that’s completely false.”

He did however offer one oblique confirmation about the upcoming film which should please fans looking forward to its appearance on the silver screen. “I promise you it will be movie length,” he said.

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