Disney is set to release J.J. Abram’sStar Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh installment in the blockbuster sci-fi franchise, on Dec. 18. It is expected to be one of the highest-grossing movies of all-time. The Wrap via Get Your Geek On has revealed that Walt Disney’s CEO Bob Iger stated to the studio’s investors that Star Wars: Episode VII will arrive in 2017 and Episode IX on 2019. Next year the first standalone movie based on a Star Wars character will be released. Then in 2017 Star Wars: Episode VIII and the trilogy will conclude with Episode IX in 2019.
Disney stockholders received an annual report from the company, which included Iger’s statement about the Star Wars movie’s release dates. Here’s what Iger shared with Disney stockholders in a written statement:
“As one of the few people allowed to visit the set during filming… and one of the fewer who’s seen most of the footage… I can assure the millions of ‘Star Wars’ fans who have spent the last decade hoping for a new movie this one will be worth the wait. And it’s only the beginning of a new era of exceptional.”
Rumor has it that Disney is set to release the first standalone movie based on Han Solo and Boba Fett followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII in 2017. Then they will finish this trilogy with Episode IX in 2019, Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on Dec. 18, 2015, and the script was placed in the hands of Empire Strikes Back‘s screenwriter LawrenceKasdan and director J.J. Abrams.