Upcoming "Star Wars" film gets release date

The studio has announced that Star Wars Episode IX will arrive in theaters on May 24th, 2019.

The news comes via Variety without any details or fanfare. As we already know, the film will be directed by Jurassic World's Colin Trevorrow. The as-yet-untitled movie is the final film in the third Star Wars trilogy. Both "The Force Awakens" and "The Last Jedi" dropped in December, but this one will not if this schedule holds true. The original Star Wars was originally slated for release in December of 1976, but eventually pushed back to summer of May 25, 1977. The studio has also set a release for the fifth Indiana Jones movie. Others believe it's because they want to counter the outrage felt by pushing back the newest Indiana Jones movie to make way for the new live action version of The Lion King. Two years later, the sequel (whose title, The Last Jedi, was only revealed this January) will be releasing in December 2017, and the first trailer for The Last Jedi was revealed two weeks ago. That film, which will reunite Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg, was set for July 2019, but will now release on July 10, 2020.

Exciting news, Star Wars fans: The next, next chapter in the cinematic galactic saga has a release date.

Director Jon Favreau's live-action Lion King, featuring Donald Glover as Simba, was expected to debut on July 19, 2019, while the animated sequel to the smash-hit Frozen will come later that year on November 27, 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.

  • Carolyn Briggs