“Star Wars: Episode IX” is set to fly into theaters on May 24, 2019, Disney announced on Tuesday.
Colin Trevorrow is on board to direct.
Disney had staked out December for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and the upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” but now returns to the summer, where every other previous installment had bowed.
Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac are all expected to return. Disney recently revealed that Carrie Fisher, who died late last year, will not appear in the film.
Earlier this month, Disney released the first trailer for “The Last Jedi,” which bows this December, at Disney’s “Star Wars Celebration” event.
“The Force Awakens” and the recently released “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” crushed box office records, with both films surpassing $1 billion at the worldwide box office. Disney also has another “Star Wars” spinoff, this time focusing on a young Han Solo (played by Alden Ehrenreich), hitting theaters on May 25, 2018.
The untitled “Doctor Dolittle” pic starring Robert Downey Jr. is the only other film dated for that slot. Also on Tuesday, Disney revealed the release dates of several other highly anticipated films, including the live-action reboot of “The Lion King,” the next “Indiana Jones” film, and the sequel to “Frozen.”