'Star Wars: Episode VIII' Delayed -- Find Out Its New Release Date!

by Alex Ungerman 2:45 PM PST, January 20, 2016
Photo: Walt Disney Studios

You're gonna have to wait for Episode VIII.

The Walt Disney Studios announced on Wednesday that the follow-up to the massively successful Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- which is being written and directed by Rian Johnson -- will now premiere on Dec. 15, 2017, nearly six months after the film's originally planned Memorial Day release date. Disney now plans to release Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales that weekend instead.

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With the move, Disney is looking to make Star Wars something of a Christmas tradition. This December, the studio is releasing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a spin-off in which a Rebel force plots to steal plans for the Death Star.

To date, The Force Awakens has earned an astonishing $1.8 billion (Watch your back, Avatar.) and broken basically all the records ever. (Watch your back, Avatar.)

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Meanwhile, did you know one of the stars of the movie, John Boyega, used to be a model?

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