One of the most fun aspects of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, was how it was released at Christmas. Up until this point, all of the other Star Wars had been released in the summer, and the success of the first Star Wars film helped usher in what we now understand as the “summer movie season.” But with the Christmas release, it made Star Wars even more special: everyone wanted Star Wars stuff for the holidays, Christmas trees were decked out with BB-8 ornaments, and going to the film with your family added an even more emotional element to a film that already carried so much sentimental weight. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first anthology Star Wars film already has a release date for this Christmas 2016 and now Star Wars: Episode VIII will join in the holiday merriment.
That’s right: Star Wars: Episode VIII will now be released on December 15, 2017.
But that’s not all! Taking Star Wars: Episode VIII’s original May 26 slot is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which was previously scheduled for July 7, 2017. Dead Men Tell No Tales is the fifth installment in the insanely popular Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and sees the return of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa, and Orlando Bloom as Will Turner. Joining our established leads for this nautical go-around are Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, and Javier Bardem as the villainous Captain Salazar, a ghostly pirate. Based on everything we’ve seen from the movie, it’s going to be very awesome indeed.
As for Star Wars: Episode VIII, it will be written and directed by genius filmmaker Rian Johnson, produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman, and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski, and Jason McGatlin. It will continue the story established by the insanely popular Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is en route to becoming the highest grossing domestic release of all time and the third biggest global release ever.
We couldn’t be more excited for Star Wars: Episode VIII and the new release date makes us even more jazzed. The Christmas release date added an extra bit of magic to a film that was already covered in it, and we can’t wait for that same heartwarming feeling to continue for the next few years.