Disney and Lucasfilm have announced that Star Wars: Episode VIII will open in theaters on December 15, 2017.
The December release sees the next installment in the Star Wars saga slipping from its originally scheduled summer 2017 release, but with good reason. The record-setting success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens has extended Disney’s earnings potential outside the summer blockbuster season and the move looks to capitalize on that.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is written and directed by Rian Johnson. Principal photography for the film begins in London next month.