Episode VIII release pushed back to December 2017

It looks like Christmas-time Star Wars is here to stay.

Episode VIII, to be written and directed by Rian Johnson, has been delayed by seven months, accommodating rewrites which will apparently place a greater emphasis on the new characters from The Force Awakens. This also  gives more breathing room to the franchise, giving a full 12 months between Rogue One and Episode VIII.

So… 11 months until Rogue One, 23 months until Episode VIII and, I’m guessing, 35 months until the Han Solo movie. Episode VIII is now scheduled for release on 15 December 2017.

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