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Star Wars 9 has a new, far, far away release date: December 20, 2019

Star Wars Episode 9 (opens in new tab) news is coming thick and fast. First, J.J. Abrams is taking over the reins (opens in new tab) after Colin Trevorrow left the production (opens in new tab) and now, to give the Star Wars: The Force Awakens (opens in new tab) director slightly more breathing room, Star Wars 9 has a brand-new release date: December 20, 2019.

Originally scheduled to drop May 24, 2019, that spot will now be taken-up by Aladdin. In an interesting move, Disney has decided to simply do a straight swap between the two big box-office names.

If waiting two years for the next Star Wars instalment hurts more than a lightsaber to the gut then you’ll be soothed by the news that, as of writing, the Han Solo movie (opens in new tab) is still slated to hit theatres May 25, 2018. Then it’s a heady 18-month-plus wait for the next Star Wars movie which – honestly – I’m ok with. There can always be too much of a good thing. Yes, even Star Wars.

The change in schedule also creates a neat through-line for the trilogy by giving each a December release date after The Force Awakens was released on December 17, 2015 and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (opens in new tab)still (fingers crossed!) coming on 15 December, 2017. Happy Holidays, indeed.

If you’re eager for some Star Wars news a little bit closer on the horizon then you’ll be pleased to know Star Wars: The Last Jedi has its first confirmed cameo: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (opens in new tab). There’s even a look at Benicio Del Toro’s Star Wars 8 character (opens in new tab) through a newly-revealed toy line. Go figure.

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