Star Wars Episode IX release date has been pushed back

The release for Star Wars Episode IX has been delayed quite drastically

It sounds as though JJ Abrams’ recent inclusion in the production of Star Wars Episode IX might have shaken things up a bit: the film, which was originally supposed to be released earlier than usual on 24 May 2019, now won’t hit cinemas until more than half a year later on 20 December 2019.

The move isn’t too much of a blow though. After all, we still have Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the as-yet-untitled Han Solo film to look forward to in the meantime.

The news comes after the other news that The Force Awakens‘ JJ Abrams would replace Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) as director. Abrams is also set to co-write the film with Chris Terrio.

Speaking of Abrams’ inclusion, President of LucasFilm, Kathleen Kennedy, said: “With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy.”

Abrams foray into the Star Wars universe brought $2 billion into the bank, making Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens one of the biggest cinema successes of all time, and blowing all over movies out of the water in 2015. So it’s understandable that LucasFilm would invite him back, and trust the franchise’s newest trilogy to be closed out in safe hands.

Star Wars: Episode IX is in cinemas on 20 December 2019. Get all the latest sci-fi news with every issue of SciFiNow.