The saga will be continuing a little later than originally planned. Rian Johnson‘s Star Wars: Episode VIII, which was planned for release on May 26, 2017, will instead arrive nearly seven months later. The studio has had Episode VIII delayed until December 15, 2017. Jumping in to claim the original May release date will be Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Written and directed by Johnson, Star Wars: Episode VIII is currently in pre-production and will begin principal photography in London next month. The film will star Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Carrie Fisher.
Previously scheduled for a July 7, 2017 release, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales features the return of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow with Geoffrey Rush back on board as Barbossa, Orlando Bloom resurfacing as Will Turner, and a new adversary, Captain Salazar, played by Javier Bardem. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, the film is currently in post-production.
The blockbuster franchise’s previous installment, the $1 billion-grossing Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, also debuted in late May.
The Episode VIII delay now sees the film opening opposite Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One (but we suspect that will change fairly soon).