Star Wars fans have had a lot of new information thrown at them over the last few weeks, enough to overload the sturdiest of service droids. Earlier this month fans learned that Colin Trevorrow would no longer be directing “Star Wars Episode IX,” which was a tough-break since many people enjoyed his work in “Jurassic World” and “The Book of Henry”. Fans then learned that J.J. Abrams, the director of “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens,” would be returning to direct the final installment of the new trilogy. Depending on which social-sites you frequent, or which news outlets you read, some will say that fans are split on J.J. Abrams’ first Star Wars installment, we say the film has a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an audience score of 89%, so the split is pretty uneven if you go by those numbers. The first release of the new trilogy also grossed over $936M domestically and over $2B worldwide, so Disney and LucasFilm are probably pretty excited to get Abrams back as well.
That’s a lot of information to take in when discussing a beloved franchise like Star Wars, but fans got hit again when Disney confirmed that “Star Wars: Episode IX” would be re-scheduled for release, now hitting theaters on December 20, 2019. The film was originally scheduled to release on May 24, 2019. So fans will have to wait a few extra months while Abrams gets adjusted to the new script.
All of this comes after the still untitled ‘Young Han Solo’ film lost its directors, but that was mid-production and a much serious setback for fans to take-in. Back in June it was confirmed that LucasFilm, and the directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, split up and fans were left wondering what would happen to the film. Just a few days later it was announced that famed director Ron Howard would be stepping in to finish the film and get things back on schedule. Despite the interruption, Disney is sticking with Han Solo’s original release date (so far) which is May 2018.
The May release dates are new to the Disney version of Star Wars, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” released in December. Even the next installment, “Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi” is releasing in December. That installment was written and directed by Rian Johnson, and is releasing on December 15, 2017. The Han Solo installment will be the first film since Disney took over to release in the spring, but that could change at any moment. The prequels, “Star Wars Episode I,” “Star Wars Episode II,” and “Star Wars Episode III” all opened in May, as did the original Star Wars back in 1977.