Following the success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens during December, Walt Disney Studios has decided to push the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII to December 2017 from May 2017.

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The Force Awakens’ December 2015 release is the main reason for the release date change, since Star WarsEpisode VII went on to break numerous records, it grossed over $861.3 million in North America and $1.01 billion in other territories for a worldwide total of $1.873 billion, against a budget of $200 million, as of January 19, 2016.

Star WarsEpisode VII is currently the highest-grossing release of 2015. The highest-grossing film released by Walt Disney Studios, the highest-grossing film in North America, and the third-highest-grossing film of all time.

Episode VIII is currently in pre-production, the principal is scheduled to begin next month at Pinewood Studios near London.

Directed & written by Rian Johnson. Kathleen Kennedy, Ram Bergman, Lawrence Kasdan, Simon Kinberg will serve as producers, JJ Abrams as executive producer.

Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Gwendoline Christie, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Carrie Fisher and Daisy Ridley will reprise their roles.

The follow up to The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Episode VIII was previously scheduled for May 26, 2017, it now hits theaters on December 16, 2017.


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