Move comes after J.J. Abrams takes over as director of space saga’s sequel


Disney has announced that it is pushing back the release date of “Star Wars Episode IX” from May to December 2019 after hiring J.J. Abrams anew as director of the sequel to “The Last Jedi”.

The new schedule will give Abrams more time on the project, the company added.

Abrams, who directed “The Force Awakens” took over from Colin Trevorrow, who quit over “differences in the vision for the project” with Lucasfilm.

Abrams will co-write “Episode 9” with Chris Terrio of “Argo” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” fame.

“Episode IX” was originally scheduled to hit theaters on May 24, 2019. The new release date will be Dec. 20, 2019.

Thus, “Episode 9” will be swapping release dates with the live-action remake of the Disney animated classic “Alladin”, which will take over the May 24 scedule.

“Alladin” will be directed by Guy Ritchie with Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott as the new Aladdin and Jasmine.

Will Smith will play Genie, who was voiced by the late Robin Williams in the 1992 animated feature. GAC/Expat Media


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