Star Wars: Episode IX has been in the news a lot lately. Last week, the movie lost Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow, who was set to helm Episode IX, due to creative differences. Lucasfilm however did not waste time to find a replacement for Trevorrow with Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams set to return.
#StarWars took to social media to announce the return of Abrams to the franchise. Not only will Abrams be directing the movie, but also writing the script.
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy voiced her excitement on having Abrams back again to take us on a journey to a galaxy far far away. In an official statement released on the Star Wars website Kennedy revealed:
"With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy."
It might have taken just one week for Lucasfilm to replace Colin Tevorrow, but that didn't stop Star Wars: Episode IX from getting delayed. Episode IX was set for a 24th May, 2019 release. Unfortunately Star Wars fans would have to wait longer for the final installment of the trilogy. Star Wars: Episode IX will now hit theaters on December 20th, 2019. The The live-action Aladdin movie has swapped release dates with Episode IX with Disney pushing its release date forward from December 20th, 2019 to May 24th, 2019.
This is not the first time that the release of a Star Wars movie has been pushed back. #TheLastJedi, which is slated for a December 15th, 2017 release, was originally supposed to hit theaters on May 26th, 2017. The Last Jedi managed to avoid high-profile clashes with its reschedule. However, it seems like Star Wars: Episode will be going up against two of the most anticipated movies of 2019, Wonder Woman 2 and James Bond 25.
Wonder Woman 2 is set to hit theaters just one week before Star Wars: Episode IX with James Bond 25 releasing the week before that. It'll be interesting to see how each of these movies affect their box-office collections. Wonder Woman 2 and Episode IX would probably the ones who'll be influencing each other's box-office collections. Star Wars fans are expected to stay loyal to the franchise. A certain section of the audience would probably end of watching both. However, some would rather re-watch Wonder Woman 2 than watch Episode IX.
However, don't expect James Bond and Wonder Woman to be the only ones to have a direct bearing on Star Wars' box-office performance. Three weeks prior to Episode IX's release, the much awaited sequel for a certain animated movie will be hitting theaters and something tells me that the fans of that movie aren't going to Let It Go that easily. Frozen 2 hits theaters on 27th November, 2019.
Which one of these movies are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments section down below.