‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Pushed Back To December 2019

Star Wars The Last Jedi ReyOn the heels of the announcement that J.J. Abrams would be replacing Colin Trevorrow as the director of Star Wars: Episode IX, Lucasfilm has officially announced the film has been plucked from its May 24, 2019, release date and pushed back.

Star Wars: Episode IX will now arrive in theaters on December 20, 2019, one week after the release of the highly anticipated Wonder Woman sequel which is currently dated for December 13, 2019.

The seven-month delay of the ninth chapter of the Skywalker Saga is no doubt due to the projects change in director which Lucasfilm officially stated was because their vision was no longer aligned with Trevorrow’s, although it was reportedly over Trevorrow’s relationship with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy being impossible to manage. Instead, Abrams will return to close out the sequel trilogy he launched with Lucasfilm in 2015.

The first sign of trouble on Episode IX came a little over a month after Kennedy had fired Christopher Miller and Phil Lord off of the Han Solo spinoff when it was revealed that screenwriter Jack Thorne had been brought on to write a new draft for Episode IX. Trevorrow had originally written the script for the ninth chapter of the Skywalker Saga, having submitted his latest draft in April, the week before Star Wars Celebration Orlando. Thorne has created several British television series such as The Fades, The Cast-Offs, The Last Panthers and National Treasure, and has also written the upcoming film Wonder.

Plot details for Star Wars: Episode IX are still under wraps but Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver are all expected to return.

Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the Star Wars franchise as we learn it.

Source: Lucasfilm

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Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff is a Film/TV Reporter and the News Editor at Heroic Hollywood.

  • Russ G.

    I honestly always assumed it was slotted for Dec ’19. I figured they were all scheduled for XMas releases.

    • Ruben C Barron

      Episode IX was dated for Dec 2918, then they moved it up to May. So they’ve basically just moved it back to where it started. Now Wonder Woman will have to change dates.