Tuesday, April 25, 2017

'Episode IX' Gets May 2019 Release Date

The Last Jedi is on the minds of every Star Wars fan right now, but Disney and Lucasfilm are already thinking ahead to its sequel. They announced today that Star Wars: Episode IX will hit theaters on May 24, 2019. Additionally, the next installment in the Indiana Jones franchise (the other major Lucasfilm property that Disney now owns) will be released on July 10, 2020, with Harrison Ford starring.
Episode IX was previously thought to open in December 2019, in the same pre-Christmas slot as The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and The Last Jedi, so now fans will have much less time to wait between the untitled Han Solo film (May 25, 2018) and the finale to the Sequel Trilogy, which might conclude the Skywalker saga itself.

Both the Original Trilogy and the Prequels were all released in May, and The Last Jedi had a similar date until it was pushed back in January of last year. Depending on how well the Han Solo film performs with a springtime premiere, we could see the franchise permanently shift to May, making it the defining month for Star Wars movies once again.
Obviously, we can't speculate much about Episode IX until The Last Jedi is released, but we know that the late Carrie Fisher will not appear in the film; the story will somehow explain Leia's abrupt absence (since her role in The Last Jedi won't be altered to accommodate for Fisher's death) without using existing footage of Fisher or recreating her likeness with controversial CGI. Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) will direct.

What do you think of Episode IX's new release date? Tell me in the comments or tweet to @SithObserver, and may the Force be with you all.

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