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Lack Of 'Star Wars' News At Disney's D23 Expo Disappoints Fans

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Journalists attending Disney's D23 fan expo in Anaheim, Calif. on Saturday had hoped that some news about "Star Wars: Episode VII" would be revealed by the studio's brass, this despite words to the contrary from Disney CEO Bob Iger on Friday.

"We're just as excited as you are about 'Star Wars: Episode VII,'" Iger said during the Disney animation panel. "In fact, we're speechless. At least, we're going to be somewhat speechless at this expo because we aren't ready to share too many details just yet."

He wasn't kidding. Disney chairman Alan Horn kicked off the live-action portion of the D23 expo on Saturday afternoon by talking about "Episode VII," but he declined to provide any new details about the project. Horn confirmed things that most observers are already aware of: J.J. Abrams will direct "Star Wars: Episode VII" from a script by Michael Arndt. John Williams, meanwhile, is back to score the next "Star Wars" film, which is set for release in the summer of 2015. "I really wish I could tell you more. It will come soon," Horn said (via

Not soon enough for those attending D23, at least according to the online reaction:

The live-action presentation at D23 continues now. Should Disney pull a fast one and actually announce news about "Star Wars: Episode VII" at the end of the panel, this post will be updated.

UPDATE, Aug. 10, 3:54 p.m. EST: Disney did not include further "Star Wars" updates during the D23 expo on Saturday:

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