The next Star Wars movie in the new trilogy has been pushed back a bit: Episode VIII will hit theaters on December 15, 2017, several months later than its initially scheduled summer 2017 release date.
Per StarWars.com, the Rian Johnson-helmed sequel to last December’s The Force Awakens will be in theaters almost two years to the day after its predecessor.
Today, Disney and Lucasfilm announced that Star Wars: Episode VIII, originally scheduled for release in summer 2017, will now debut on December 15, 2017.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: Episode VIII is currently in preproduction and will begin principal photography in London next month. Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman will produce and J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski will executive produce. Stay tuned for exciting updates in the coming weeks.
Kind of a bummer? Hopefully it means the movie will be better for it.