Disney announces release dates for Star Wars: Episode IX, Indiana Jones 5, Frozen 2, Lion King, Wreck It Ralph 2 and more

Disney and Lucasfilm have set the release dates for the third and final chapter of the current Star Wars saga as well as the new Indiana Jones sequel in addition to several high profile Disney releases.

“Star Wars: Episode IX” is now set for release on May 24, 2019. The movie is being directed by Colin Trevorrow (“Jurassic World”) but little else is known about it. Its release is a break from the December releases of both “The Force Awakens” in 2015 and the upcoming “The Last Jedi” this year and means that fans won’t have to wait as long for the next movie after a two-year gap between the first two films. The original and prequel trilogies were released every three years between films. “The Force Awakens” was the first Star Wars movie to be released in December and “The Last Jedi” was originally scheduled for this summer but was later pushed back to December.

The return of star Harrison Ford and director Steven Spielberg for the fifth chapter of the Indiana Jones saga will have to wait until July 10, 2020, a year later than what was first announced in 2016.

The highly anticipate sequel “Frozen 2” has finally got an official release date and will be arriving in theaters on November 27, 2019.

“Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2” will be delayed by several months, originally scheduled to open March 9, 2018 but will now open November 21, 2018. Another animated film that is going to be delayed (again) is “Gigantic”, a retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk, which was set to open on November 21, 2018 but will now open on November 25, 2020.

Director Jon Favreau also revealed today that his live-action adaptation of “The Lion King” will open on July 19, 2019 (which is when Indiana Jones 5 was originally set to open).

Two untitled projects also have release dates, one from Walt Disney Animation (Nov. 24, 2021) and the other from Pixar (June 18, 2021).

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