We all knew Star Wars: Episode IX would be coming out in 2019, but everyone assumed it would be Christmas, following in the steps of the previous two films in the trilogy. Turns out that will not be the case. Oh, and the fifth Indiana Jones movie just got a new date, too. As well as Frozen 2. And the live-action Lion King. And more.
The first logo for Star Wars Episode IX. Image: Disney
Disney just announced that the final film of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, directed by Colin Trevorrow, will be released on 24 May 2019. That puts it just one year after the release Han Solo standalone film in 2018. More importantly, it makes it the first Episode of the new saga to be released during winter, which is when the first six films were released.
In other Lucasfilm news, the fifth Indiana Jones film, originally scheduled for 2019, has been bumped back a year. It's now planned to open on 10 July 2020. Both Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford will be back for that one, at least for now.
But Disney wasn't done just there. They also made these changes:
- Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 has been delayed from March 2018 to 21 November 2018.
- Frozen 2 will be released 27 November 2019.
- Jon Favreau's live-action Lion King musical will be out 19 July 2019.
- Disney Animation's Gigantic has been moved back two years, from November 2018 to 25 November 2020.
These are all US release dates, of course, but Australians can expect similar if not the same dates -- particularly when it comes to Star Wars.