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'Star Wars: Episode VIII' delayed by seven months

Mark your calendars for December 15, 2017.

You'll have to wait a bit longer to see what the heck is up with Luke Skywalker. Disney announced this afternoon that it's delaying Star Wars: Episode VIII from May 26, 2017 by seven months to December 15, 2017. Disney didn't give any reason for the delay, but sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that it'll allow the studio to give the film a Christmas release treatment, which worked pretty well for The Force Awakens. Additionally, it'll give director/writer Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper) more time to work on the film. THR's Borys Kit notes that may include rewrites to focus more on the new class of Star Wars characters.

The new release date for Star Wars: Episode VIII (we still don't have a full title) puts it right up against Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ready Player One, and ten days before the release of Avatar 2. Needless to say, it's going to be a geeky holiday movie season.

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