Star Wars: The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams will return to write and direct Star Wars: Episode IX.
Abrams will co-write the final film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy with Chris Terrio.
The news of the Star Wars Episode 9 release date change arrived via the official Star Wars Twitter account, which unveiled that the film will now open on December 20, 2019.
Here’s the statement from Lucasfilm:
The original release date was May 24, 2019, the traditional Memorial Day weekend that the series used to call home in years past. While The Force Awakens, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedihave received Christmas-friendly release windows, Lucasfilm has been angling to get Star Wars back in the summer, first with the untitled Han Solo spin-off and then Episode 9. It appears that this plan has hit another speed bump.
It should be noted that Star Wars: The Force Awakens was originally intended to be a May 2015 release, but Abrams requested more time to get the screenplay in shape. In other words, Episode 9 is very much echoing Episode 7 – J.J. Abrams joins a Star Wars movie alongside a new screenwriter (Lawrence Kasdan a few years ago, Chris Terrio now) and requests more time to make sure the movie gets made right rather than quickly. And in both cases, Lucasfilm and Disney have acquiesced.
Star Wars: Episode 9 will open on December 20, 2019. That’s one week after Wonder Woman 2, for those keeping track.