11:06am PT by Pamela McClintock
'Star Wars: Episode IX' Sets Summer 2019 Release Date
Disney and Lucasfilm have booked a date in theaters for Colin Trevorrow's Star Wars: Episode IX — May 24, 2019.
The studio also announced a slew of other high-profile moves. Disney is pushing back the release of the next Indiana Jones movie by a full year, from July 19, 2019, to July 10, 2020, in order to make way for the studio's live-action The Lion King, which gets the July 19 date, while Frozen 2 will hit theaters Nov. 27, 2019.
Little is known about Episode IX, which has a script being written by Trevorrow and Derek Connolly. Earlier this month, Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy said that the late Carrie Fisher would not appear in IX as Leia.
Both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars story opened in mid-December, as will Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Dec. 15, 2017). Disney and Lucasfilm now want to test the summer corridor (prior to Force Awakens and Rogue One, all the Star Wars films opened in summer). Before announcing the date for Episode IX, Disney had already dated the untitled Han Solo spinoff for May 25, 2018.
The good news for geeks: There will be less of a gap between The Last Jedi (which is technically Episode VIII) and Episode IX, than the two-year gap between Force Awakens and Last Jedi. This will be the conclusion of the third Star Wars trilogy, and what happens next with Star Wars has yet to be revealed. Disney CEO Bob Iger recently said the company was plotting another 15 years of movies.
Disney also announced that it is pushing back the release of Gigantic, an animated family tentpole, by two years, from Nov. 21, 2018 to Nov. 25, 2020.
The studio is also pushing back Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 from March 9, 2018, to Nov. 21, 2018. But Disney is hardly giving up the spring break corridor: It is moving up Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle in Time from April 6, 2018, to March 9, while Mark Waters' family comedy Magic Camp opens April 6.