While the final cinematic chapter in the Skywalker story draws to a close in December 2019, there will (once again) be a huge marketing push and global launch for products for Episode IX. Rumor has it that this date is set a bit closer to the film launch than the previous installments — October 4, 2019. Barring leaks and official early first looks and preorders, this will be the hard street date for the copious amount of licensed products (toys, books, clothing, etc.) from not only Episode IX but from other sources throughout the franchise as well.
And yes, you can expect us to assemble our downloadable “unofficial” checklist for this event as well.
UPDATE: also of interest, Star Wars will be sharing a merchandise launch date with another popular and highly anticipated sequel. If you have young kids like I do, hopefully that won’t cause your bank accounts and credit cards to be Frozen, too.
StarWars.com has announced the new and returning cast members for Episode IX – including Mark Hamill and Billy Dee Williams. Also Carrie Fisher’s iconic Leia Organa will be featured via unused footage from The Force Awakens. Head to the official site for the full details.
Our friends at FanthaTracks.com have posted an exclusive reveal, claiming discover of the working title of Episode IX.
Disney and Lucasfilm have also announced that Episode IX will be pushed back from its scheduled May 2019 release date to December 20, 2019.
Disney and Lucasfilm have announced that J.J. Abrams will now return to write and direct Episode IX after the departure of Colin Trevorrow.
The date for the next chapter in the Star Wars saga has been announced! Episode IX will hit theater May 24, 2019! As a bonus, Lucasfilm has also announced the release date for a new Indiana Jones film slated for July 10, 2020.
Here we go again…. Entertainment Weekly has posted an interview with Disney CEO Bob Iger stating that Episode VIII is now filming, after a slight delay, and production on Episode IX is in full swing. Check out what he has to stay about this and Rogue One at EW.com.
The Hollywood Reporter has posted that Star Wars alumn, Lawrence Kasdan had been tapped to write and produce at least one of the upcoming Star Wars sequels. He is joined by Simon Kinberg who is co-writing the upcoming X-Men sequel and served as producer for X-Men: First Class. Head to THR for the full story.