Star Wars: Episode IX release date pushed back to December 2019

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With the chaos surrounding Star Wars: Episode IX, Lucasfilm has decided to push the film’s release date from May to December of 2019…

When director Colin Trevorrow excited Star Wars: Episode IX, veteran director J.J. Abrams stepped in, to fill his shoes. As you know, it was Abrams who breathed new life into the Star Wars franchise by writing and directing Star Wars: The Force Awakens which shattered every box office record in 2015.

Of course, when a change of this magnitude occurs there’s bound to be some major changes. For instance, Lucasfilm has announced the release date for Episode IX has been pushed back from its original date of May 24, 2019, to December 20, the same year.

According to Variety, Disney/Lucasfilm was looking to push the date back before Trevorrow’s exit. Reportedly, production on Episode IX was already being pushed from February to June and with that in mind, the inevitability the release date of the film would be pushed back was all but confirmed.

For now, Disney has replaced the May 2019 date with a live-action version of Aladdin, which will be directed by Guy Ritchie.

What’s exciting is the fact that J.J. Abrams is returning to finish the Sequel Franchise he so triumphant began in 2015. Abrams is well-known for being open with Star Wars fans on Twitter, much like Rian Johnson and Ron Howard, so prepare for a whole batch of new photos released from set.

Next: J.J. Abrams replacing Colin Trevorrow as director of Star Wars: Episode IX

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will hit theaters on December 15, later this year, and J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode IX is set to hit the big screen on December 20 of 2019.