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Disney and Lucasfilm have pushed the release date of “Star Wars: Episode IX” from May 24, 2019 to Dec. 20, 2019.

The move comes on the heels of news that J.J. Abrams will replace Colin Trevorrow as the film’s director. Abrams will also co-write the upcoming installment with Chris Terrio.

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Variety reported that Disney had already been looking to push production from February to June and that the release date would likely move even after how quickly the studio found a replacement director.

Disney has replaced the film on the release schedule with the live-action film “Aladdin” directed by Guy Ritchie, which will now open on May 24.

Disney also announced that its untitled Christopher Robin film starring Ewan McGregor will open on Aug. 3 2018. “Artemis Fowl” directed by Kenneth Branagh is now set for Aug. 19, 2019, the female Santa Clause movie “Nicole” starring Anna Kendrick is dated for »


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