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Star Wars: Episode VIII will now hit theaters on December 15th, 2017.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been one of the most profitable films in history. Along with being a financial triumph, it was also one heck of a movie, revitalizing Star Wars and reinvigorating fans in a way not seen in years. It goes without saying, in turn, that there are plenty of people excited to find out what happens next in the new trilogy. Unfortunately, a new announcement has confirmed that film-goers will have to wait a bit longer than expected to see the next chapter in the series.

According to a statement from Disney and Lucasfilm, Star Wars: Episode VIII, originally intended to release in May 2017, will now be hitting theaters on December 15th. While no reason was given for the new release date, Disney did make sure to highlight the continued success of The Force Awakens. As of today, the movie has earned more than 861 million dollars in the United States and 1.8 billion worldwide.

While Episode VIII‘s postponement is obviously disappointing, we’re going to go ahead and assume that it will ultimately be for the best. Part of what The Force Awakens so enjoyable was the clear level of effort the studio put in to creating an authentic feeling Star Wars film. If writer/director Rian Johnson and the rest of the crew need more time do the same with the sequel, we say go ahead and give it to them.

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