'Star Wars: Episode IX' and New 'Indiana Jones' Film Get Release Dates

Lucasfilm and Walt Disney have announced new release dates for Star Wars: Episode IX and the fifth Indiana Jones movie. His best-known film is a little thing called Jurassic World, which you may have heard of. The publication did not know what work was being done for the third installment of the new trilogy at the time and speculated that it would be released in 2019.

"The Force Awakens" and this year's "The Last Jedi" were given December releases.

The "Episode IX" summer opening wasn't the only news about the release dates of its biggest upcoming films that Disney announced Tuesday.

The Han Solo stand-alone anthology film is already scheduled for May 2018.

In addition to Star Wars: Episode VIII, set for a December 15 release, and Star Wars: Episode IX, a forthcoming Han Solo Star Wars spinoff is the second in an anthology of stand alone Star Wars movies.

This shift in release dates marks Rian Johnston's The Last Jedi as the final Star Wars movie to be released during the holiday season.

Ford, who last sported the fedora in the oft-maligned Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, had gone on record saying he wanted to do another Indy movie, but the script had to be good. Earlier this month, Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy said that the late Carrie Fisher would not appear in the film as Leia.

Jon Favreau's live-action remake of The Lion King is also hitting theaters a bit sooner than presumed, most likely to make room for him to direct The Jungle Book 2.

Following on the success of The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast, the live-action adaptation of The Lion King will hit theaters July 19, 2019.

Disney's animated musical based on the fairytale Jack and the Beanstalk, "Gigantic" was moved from the Thanksgiving spot in 2018 to November 25, 2020.

Star Wars Episode IX has broken with a traditional December release.

  • Salvatore Jensen