Every live action Star Wars film has premiered in theaters in May, up until The Force Awakens in 2015. Recently, Episode VII, Rogue One, and the upcoming Episode VIII – The Last Jedi received December release dates. Therefore, many assumed that the next installment would follow suit. Now, Disney announced that Star Wars: Episode IX will join the standalone Han Solo film in the summer blockbuster season!
Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, and the other cast members of the Han Solo story will get their big premier on May 25, 2018. Instead of waiting another year and a half, Episode IX will hit theaters exactly 12 months later, on May 24, 2019! Great news for Star Wars fans everywhere – especially those who will be lining up outside.
By moving back to May, Episode IX will compete with Shazam!, Fast & Furious 9, and the Avengers: Infinity War sequel. That’s a tough field. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t be surprised if the three upcoming Star Wars movies continue to smash box office records.
Episode IX is yet to receive a full title. It will be the final episode of the sequel trilogy. Colin Trevorrow, who wrote and directed Jurassic World, will be at the helm. No cast members have been officially announced yet, but we can expect the return of Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, and John Boyega. Unless of course, the folks at Lucasfilm decide to kill off another main character and break my heart all over again. I honestly wouldn’t put it past them!
In addition to announcing the release of Star Wars: Episode IX, Lucasfilm confirmed the next Indiana Jones movie:
The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm announced today two major upcoming release dates.
Star Wars: Episode IX is now set for release on May 24, 2019. Directed by Colin Trevorrow, the film will close out the third Star Wars trilogy.
In addition, the fifth chapter of the Indiana Jones series is now confirmed for a July 10, 2020 release. Both Steven Spielberg, director of every Indiana Jones film, and star Harrison Ford will return.
What do you think of all this movie news? Is this a good move for the Star Wars franchise? Drop your opinions in the comments now!