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To those who wait, good things come: Star Wars Episode VIII delayed

Yesterday Disney announced that Star Wars: Episode VIII would return to its 15th December 2017 release date having previously brought it forward to May 2017. Lots of unsubstantiated rumours and assumptions have placed the blame at rewrites, but given the film is already in production we don't think this is the case and in fact Disney actually think that the Winter release of Episode VII contributed to its stellar box office performance. The change also puts the films back on a more regular release schedule with a new Star Wars film arriving every December between now and 2020 at the very least.

In its place, Disney have brought forward the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales to the now vacant 26th May date.

Star Wars: Episode VIII will now be going head-to-head with Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One; although we wouldn't be at all surprised if that is now moved to ensure it isn't isn't competing in terms of screens or views.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is being written and directed by Rian Johnson and stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Domnhall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels and Peter Mayhew.

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Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams. This was follows in the main Star Wars saga by Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi with the final film of the sequel trilogy, Episode IX, due in cinemas in December 2019 with J J Abrams back at the helm,A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One, which was followed in 2018 by Ron Howard's Solo and a fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson which will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.In addition, there are the animated TV series The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels along with Star Wars Resistance which starts in late 2018 and finally a new live action series currently being developed by Jon Favreau set some time after the events of Return of the Jedi.

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