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'Star Wars VIII' release pushed to December 2017

Sorry, "Star Wars" fans. You'll have to wait an extra seven months to see what happens to Rey, Finn, Poe and yes, even Kylo Ren.

Disney has announced that "Star Wars: Episode VIII," originally scheduled for release May 26, 2017, will now debut Dec. 15, 2017. The only reason given for the delayed opening was to have the film released during the holiday season. The official press release states: "The move follows the extraordinary success of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens,' which was the first 'Star Wars' movie to premiere in December. In the popular holiday moviegoing corridor, it smashed numerous records, including biggest domestic and global debuts of all time as well as the biggest domestic second and third weekends, en route to becoming the highest grossing domestic release of all time with over $861 million and the third biggest global release ever with $1.887 billion."

"Episode VIII" is currently in pre-production and begins principal photography in London in February. It is written and directed by Rian Johnson. J.J. Abrams, director of "The Force Awakens," is one of the film's executive producers.

Disney has now moved the Johnny Depp film "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" to fill that May 26, 2017 date; it was originally scheduled to open July 7, 2017.

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