Star Wars Episode VIII’s 2017 release date has been pushed back from Memorial Day weekend to December 15th, 2017.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be moved up for a planned July 2017 release to take the Star Wars slot.
Rian Johnson is writing and directing the new Star Wars installment, which returns the cast from The Force Awakens and remains on track to begin shooting in London next month.
Disney insiders say the decision to push back the film’s release comes after the blockbuster success of The Force Awakens over the year-end holidays. They say they have now decided to give Episode VIII the same Christmas treatment.