Just about every Star Wars fan has Dec. 18 circled on the calendar as the release date for J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens, but what will happen after that? Well, there’s the mysterious standalone movie slated for Dec. 16, 2016. But then what?
Thanks to Disney’s annual shareholders report, we now know for sure that Star Wars: Episode VIII (directed by Rian Johnson) will be released in 2017 and Episode IX (probably also to be directed by Johnson) in 2019.
Disney CEO Bob Iger wrote in the report:
As one of the few people allowed to visit the set during filming… and one of the fewer who’s seen most of the footage… I can assure the millions of Star Wars fans who have spent the last decade hoping for a new movie this one will be worth the wait. And it’s only the beginning of a new era of exceptional Star Wars storytelling; next year we’ll release our first standalone movie based on these characters, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII in 2017, and we’ll finish this trilogy with Episode IX in 2019.
Is anyone else surprised that Iger didn’t mention the rumored second standalone film, which is believed to be slated for 2018?
Still, nailing down any long-elusive official confirmation from Disney is a big win — heck, the studio still has not admitted that Johnson is helming Episode XIII, even though the director himself confirmed it!
Now we need specific dates. But I suppose the Mouse House has to save something for San Diego.