News for the final film of the current Star Wars trilogy keeps on coming. After the announcement that J.J. Abrams will return to close out the trilogy after Colin Trevorrow left Star Wars: Episode IX last week, the studio has now announced that the film will no longer make it’s May 24, 2019 release. Instead the film will move back to take up a spot on December 20, 2019 which was a spot previously reserved for one of Disney’s live action fairy tales.
Most likely that film was the Guy Ritchie directed Aladdin because reportedly that is the film that will now be moving into the May 24, 2019 release date, according to Entertainment Weekly.
December had become sort of the home for the Star Wars films since their new life in theaters with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story both debuting in the month, same as the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Next year’s Han Solo film was the first to move back into the May spot that previous films had taken.
With the news that Abrams and Chris Terio will be co-writing a new script for Star Wars: Episode IX it makes sense for the film to be pushed back. Reportedly originally the film would have entered production in January 2018 but depending on how long it takes to get the script right that is a date that might no longer be possible.
This new release date will put the Star Wars film up against Universal Pictures adaptation of Wicked and out one week after Warner Bros. Wonder Woman 2.