Bad news, guys and gals. Star Wars: Episode VIII has had its release date moved from May 2017 to the 15th of December 2017. This isn’t just a rumor, StarWars.com just confirmed the news. Search your feelings, you know it to be true…
Okay, here are the details from StarWars.com:
Today, Disney and Lucasfilm announced that Star Wars: Episode VIII, originally scheduled for release in summer 2017, will now debut on December 15, 2017. […] Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: Episode VIII is currently in preproduction and will begin principal photography in London next month. Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman will produce and J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski will executive produce.
Jeff Sneider from The Wrap mentioned the following on the great Meet the Movie Press show:
Last week we mentioned Bel Powley and Gina Rodrigues. Now I heard Gina didn’t get it. Now I am told Episode VIII has been pushed about a month. Rian Johnson is going to do another rewrite, and I heard an Asian actress got the role Bel and Gina were up for. But I don’t know if the Bel Powley thing will work out.
I said before there were two young female roles, now I actually heard that the rewrite will make these roles smaller. They want to get to know better the characters they already have. So the new rewrite is shrinking the new roles in order to spend more time with Rey, Poe and so on.
While I was really excited to see Episode VIII in May 2017, I’d rather have the film delayed than have a less than pleasing version of it. I think that is what people need to remember. And don’t worry, this doesn’t change anything for Rogue One, which still releases in December 2016.
Now, I’ve heard some people say that it’s weird that the reported ‘one month push’ would result in the film being delayed seven months. But do remember that Lucasfilm is owned by Disney, and they own other production companies as well. They obviously cannot challenge their other films by releasing it in other summer-months. Also, I don’t think it’s bad for Star Wars to just be a December-franchise. We’re going to be okay.
Interestingly, Spielberg’s adaptation of Ready Player One and the sequel to James Cameron’s Avatar are both slated to be released in the December/Christmas-period of 2017. They might want to move out of Star Wars’s way now…
– I’m Jeffrey Rex.