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.