'Star Wars: Episode IX' Release Date Has Been Moved Up

Breaking the recent Christmas tradition, the final installment of the current Star Wars trilogy — Star Wars: Episode IX — will now be released on May 24, 2019, which is much earlier than originally announced.

On Tuesday, an official press e-mail from Disney listed all the release dates for upcoming feature films through the year 2021. Among the big moves were the Indiana Jones film being moved from July 19, 2019 to July 10, 2020. This means the next Indiana Jones project — with or without Harrison Ford — is being delayed a full year, possibly to avoid coming out the same year as Star Wars: Episode IX. These new dates were also confirmed by Star Wars.com.

Since 2015, new Star Wars films have been released in December, but now, the last film in the current trilogy will go back to the traditional summer slot. The original Star Wars was originally slated for release in December of 1976 but eventually pushed back to summer of May 25, 1977. And now, as the story of the Skywalker family wraps up another trilogy, Star Wars will again become what it was in the beginning: the first of the modern summer blockbusters.

The next new Star Wars film, Star Wars: Episode VIII— The Last Jedi, will be released on December 15, 2017.

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