It always seemed unlikely Disney would release Star Wars: Episode IX in May 2019, which the studio had earmarked for several months now. But following the departure of Colin Trevorrow—and subsequent hiring of J.J. Abrams—the movie has officially been pushed back. The film will now hit theaters on December 20, 2019.
Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled for release on December 20, 2019. pic.twitter.com/rDBqmuHX89
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Reports suggest much of the strife between Trevorrow and Disney had to do with Episode IX’s script, which allegedly featured a prominent role for Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia. However, once the actress passed away, Disney decided not to digitally generate a performance for the film, possibly throwing a big wrench into Trevorrow’s plans.
Now that Abrams has been brought on board, he’ll likely sit down to reassess where the script is at and possibly even rewrite the entire thing with the help of Chris Terrio (Argo).
It makes you wonder why a big franchise like Star Wars is in such flux. Trevorrow’s departure isn’t the only major shakeup in the Star Wars ranks this year. Mere weeks before filming for the Untitled Han Solo movie was expected to wrap, director Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street) were fired due to creative differences.
That movie was ultimately taken over by Ron Howard, although the film’s May 2018 release date has (surprisingly) remained. Now that Episode IX has been pushed back, one has to wonder if Disney is considering pushing back the Han Solo movie to give Howard and his team more time to finish the project.
The hiring of Abrams as a replacement for Trevorrow shouldn’t come as a big surprise. He helped kick off the newest trilogy, and by all accounts, the brass at Disney and Lucasfilm loved working with him. Abrams is a safe bet and will surely give the studios the exact project they’re looking for.
Long before Star Wars: Episode IX hits theaters, Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released on December 15, 2017.