Disney is really working hard on the Star Wars franchise. Though fans are yet to see the first official Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer (the teaser's already out but really, a clip lasting less than a minute is hardly enough to satiate anyone), Lucasfilm has been already laying out the foundation of the next sequel trilogy installment, Star Wars: Episode IX.
Not only did the film receive a production date and location announcement earlier this month, Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow also revealed this April that the script for the movie had already been finished. A week after that, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy revealed that she and the rest of the team would soon have the script reading of the film.
Now, Disney has just announced (via Variety) the official release date of Episode IX. Though the studio had previously set the film for a May 2019, a date had not been marked for the sequel trilogy installment. Now, the movie is expected to release on May 24, 2019 – a year after the summer release of the Star Wars spinoff, Han Solo. It seems like Disney has decided to play the safer route and return to the summer release schedule instead of following the December debut patterns of The Force Awakens and spinoff film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Because Star Wars legend Carrie Fisher passed away before she could finisher her work in Episode IX back in December last year, Lucasfilm made the prudent decision to keep Leia from appearing in the next Star Wars saga film installment.
However Fisher will appear with the other sequel trilogy stars Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Peter Mayhew, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels, Lupita Nyong'o Mark Hamill, Benicio Del Toro, Kelly Marie Tran, and Laura Dern in Star Wars: The Last Jedi which is scheduled to debut in cinemas on December 15, 2017.