Bad news, “Star Wars” fans, we’ll have to wait even longer for the ninth installment of the “Star Wars” saga. According to Variety, Disney and Lucasfilm have pushed the premiere date for “Star Wars: Episode IX” back from May 24, 2019 to Dec. 20, 2019.
The news comes on the same day that previous “Star Wars” director J.J. Abrams is making his return to the franchise. Abrams will replace previous director Colin Trevorrow, who recently left the project after struggling to come up with a script. Abrams is set to co-write the upcoming film with screenwriter Chris Terrio, known for his work on “Argo,” “Justice League” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
Apparently, Disney had already been looking for a way to push principal photography from February to June 2018 for the next film, even though a replacement director for Trevorrow was found very quickly. In order to keep the premiere date for a Disney film, Guy Ritchie’s controversial “Aladdin” remake is now set to open on May 24.
The studio lumped in several other premiere date announcements with the “Star Wars” premiere date change. Its untitled Christopher Robin film, set to star Ewan McGregor and Hayley Atwell, will open Aug. 3, 2018. Their female Santa Clause movie, “Nicole,” starring Anna Kendrick, will release Nov. 8, 2019. A film adaptation of YA favorite “Artemis Fowl,” directed by Kenneth Branagh, will come to theater Aug. 9, 2019. (Sidenote: Since when is “Artemis Fowl” being adapted for film? I’m a little skeptical on how that will turn out.) Disney’s comedy “Magic Camp” has been taken off the roster entirely.
“Star Wars: Episode IX” is now set to premiere Dec. 20, 2018.