If you were looking forward to May 26th, 2017 for ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII‘ to be released I’m sorry to be bringing you the news that you’ll only be able to check out ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ on that date. While obviously we know that ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ hasn’t been cancelled, the release date for the film has been pushed back from its original 2017 Memorial Day weekend date to December 15th of 2017.

That’s right, we’re going to have to wait an additional seven months to see what happens with Rey, Poe, and the rest of the Rebellion and First Order are up to next.

The new ‘Pirates’ movie was originally set for a July 7th release and was bumped up to take over the prime early spot due to delays that the next Star Wars is suffering from. While some Disney insiders are saying that they want to recreate the Christmas success of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ it almost seems like the delay could have been caused by the massive rumored re-writes of the next film.

While an early script had J.J. Abrams regretting not directing the movie, it sounds like there are some major character changes in the works from having our leads in ‘The Force Awakens’ originally only being as prominent as Lando was in the original films in the follow up.

If that is the case, hopefully these re-writes will be painless. It seems hard to imagine that the leads we were just introduced to weren’t the planned leads in the sequel of Disney’s new trilogy.

Are you okay with ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ being pushed back to be a Christmas present or were you wanting it as a summer release? Do you think the re-writes were responsible? Share your thoughts below!

‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ will be released on December 15th of 2017.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter