Star Wars Episode 9 Being Released Sooner Than Expected

With Episode 8: The Last Jedi set to hit theatres on December 15, 2017 – two years after Episode 7: The Force Awakens – it was expected that the concluding chunk of the trilogy would follow a similar pattern.

However, on the movie’s IMDb page it’s listed for a US unveiling on May 24, 2019, with May 23 in Russia.

The franchise always used to be a huge summer hit: A New Hope came out on May 25, 1977; The Empire Strikes Back launched on May 21, 1980; and Return of the Jedi was released on May 25, 1983.

The prequel trilogy also consistently hit cinemas in mid-May.

What could add weight to this date is the fact that the Han Solo spin-off – which is still without an official title – is out one year earlier; in May 2018.

Still, it’s important to note that Lucasfilm have not officially announced a release date for Episode 9, and it’s still feasible that it could be pushed back to December.

Indeed, Episode 8 was set to come out in May 2017 originally, before being moved to its new home in December.

It means it’ll follow almost exactly a year after the phenomenally successful Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Filming for Episode 9 is set to begin in July in the United Kingdom; news that has been revealed by a casting call.


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