Disney sets May 2019 release date for new 'Star Wars' film

Kennedy touched on how she and the team have to balance several things at once: now they're focused on the Han Solo movie but are also about to start script reading and revisions on Episode IX, as well as looking into spin-off movies. At this rate it's going to be a very long time until we find out more about the film, other than Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) is directing, and the principle cast is expected to return. As you can see in the above press release, Coco arrives this year, Wreck It Ralph gets another go in 2018, huge hits in 2020, and an untitled animated feature comes in 2021.

The schedule also has some major live-action projects coming up, too. It's now scheduled to be released on July 10, 2020.

And the next "Indiana Jones" movie, with Harrison Ford starring, has been pushed back a year.

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The May 24 release date marked a shift in strategy for Disney, whose two previous new entries in the sci-fi adventure have all been set for release in mid-December, during the winter holidays. Frozen 2 was actually announced a few years ago, but we haven't heard much about the planned follow-up since 2016.

The dates mark a season shift for the series. "The Lion King (Live Action)" film featuring James Earl and Donald Glover will be directed by Jon Favreau, and it will come out in July of 2019. Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle In Time has been pulled forward from April 6, 2018 release to March 9, 2018.

It's been confirmed for a May 24, 2019 release, and it's been reported that casting for Episode IX could already be taking place this July, according to NME. As well, the previously announced "untitled animation title" project set for November 27, 2019, is actually the sequel to "Frozen".

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