Disney sets May 2019 release for 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

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In addition to "Frozen 2", moviegoers can expect to see the yet unnamed "Star Wars: Episode IX" film in theaters in May 2019 instead of the expected December 2019.

The news comes via Variety without any details or fanfare.

The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm on Tuesday announced a May 24, 2019 release date for "Star Wars: Episode IX". Star Wars: Episode IX will be the ninth installment that will continue the saga, which started in 1977.

Star Wars: Episode IX 2019 release will mark the fifth Star Wars film in as many years released by Disney. Unlike the Christmas-released Force Awakens, Rogue One and The Last Jedi, director Colin Trevorrow's Episode IX will be released in the U.S. on May 242019, with United Kingdom and global releases probably set for a few days before. That puts it just one year after the release Han Solo standalone film in 2018.

It breaks with the recent tradition of releasing Star Wars movies in December, the most recent one being prequel Rogue One. Until Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this series ruled Memorial Day weekend.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is slated for release on December 15, 2017.

Mickey Mouse has been busy with his release calendar, as Disney has slotted major tentpole movies Frozen 2, Star Wars: Episode IX and the live-action The Lion King for a very stacked 2019. Perhaps after we know the status of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a postAvengers: Infinity War world, we'll change our tune.

Meanwhile, a release date has also been announced for another iconic franchise sequel - Indiana Jones 5.

The still-untitled Indy movie was pushed back a year - with no reason given - and iss now set to arrive in theaters on July 10, 2020, with Steven Spielberg returning as director along with star Harrison Ford. In its place will be a live-action adaptation of the 1994 animated classic "The Lion King".

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