Disney delays release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens sequel by seven months
Disney has announced that the sequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been delayed by seven months.
Episode VIII was due to hit cinemas on May 26th in 2017, but has now been put back until December 15th 2017.
Disney have not given a reason for the delay, but industry reports suggest that it is so director Rian Johnson can make some adjustments to the script.
Filming for the sequel is due to begin in London next month and there is no suggestion that it will not begin on schedule.
Before the sequel comes out a stand-alone spin-off named Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which stars Felicity Jones and Diego Luna, will be released into cinemas. That is due out on December 17th this year.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in cinemas now and is available to pre-order on DVD and Blu-Ray on the right-hand side of the page. It has so far grossed just under $1.9 billion at the box office.