Star Wars: Episode VIII Delayed to December 2017

Star Wars: Episode VIII Delayed

Disney have announced that Star Wars: Episode VIII will be delayed from its original release date of May 26, 2017.

The film will instead release on December 15th, 2017.

This news comes shortly after a rumour circulated via the Meet the Movie Press video podcast that director Rian Johnson was re-writing some of the script.

The change is reportedly down to Episode VII: The Force Awakens and the positive response to the performances of newcomers Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac.

Consequently, the roles of Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron are being increased and the roles of new characters being introduced in Episode VIII is being diminished.

According to Disney’s press release, Episode VIII is currently in pre-production and will begin principal photography next month.

In other release date news, Disney also announced that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will now release two months earlier moving from July 7, 2017 to May 26, 2017.

Of course, Star Wars: The Force Awakens also released in the holiday period to huge commercial success and has to date earned more than $1.8 billion worldwide.

There’s still another film in the franchise to look forward to before December 2017 though, Rogue One is set to release December 16th this year.

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