In the wake of this morning’s announcement that J.J. Abrams will be taking over for Colin Trevorrow as director of “Star Wars: Episode IX,” it comes as little surprise that the film has been officially delayed.
Previously set for a May 24th 2019 release date, the film will now open on December 20th 2019. Disney is moving in Guy Ritchie’s live-action “Aladdin” to take the vacated May 24th slot.
‘Episode IX’, taking the December berth that has become the norm for “Star Wars” films in recent years, is now scheduled to open up against the long in-development “Wicked” film and just one week after “Wonder Woman 2”.
Abrams will direct the film and co-write the script with Chris Terrio (“Justice League,” “Argo”) with Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm producing.
Source: Disney Pictures