If you were hoping to watch the next instalment in the Star Wars saga in May 2017, then think again, because Disney has delayed the release of the movie by 7 months.

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Originally scheduled to premier in May of 2017, the movie will now be released the same year, but on 15 December 2017. This is probably due to the holiday season having a massive impact on The Force Awakens’s success, which resulted in the film grossing a massive $1.8 billion. Although Disney has not commented on the reason for the delay, speculation points that the script was being rewritten.

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Production of the film is set to begin in February at Pinewood Studios, west of London. This delay could see both Avatar 2 and Star Wars: Episode VIII go head to head in December 2017, as both films are due to release in the same month now. If Avatar 2 makes the release date, it is still unknown.

Star Wars: Episode VIII will be written and directed by Rian Johnson, with Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman as producers. J.J Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski will executively produce the film.

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