In a move that I don’t think will surprise that many people, Disney and Lucasfilm have announced Star Wars Episode VIII will be released in December 2017.
It was originally due to arrive in cinemas in May 2017 but the decision’s been taken to move the film to December.
Seeing as The Force Awakens has been busy breaking box office records around the world it’s not really a surprise that the film’s been moved to later in the year.
I have heard rumours the shift in release date will allow for some script rewrites allowing Rey, Finn and some of the new characters to feature more in the film as they’ve become so popular with fans.
In fact, Disney and Lucasfilm have confirmed the start of production has been pushed back a month and will now start at Elstree in February.
Director Rian Johnson, who has taken over from JJ Abrams, confirmed the release date change – tweeting the link below to fans.