After last year’s incredibly successful launch of a Star Wars sequel trilogy with Episode VII – The Force Awakens, fans are eager to see next year’s Episode VIII, which has been said to have a darker tone and larger scale. The second installment has finished filming but likely won’t kick off its marketing campaign until the spring of 2017.
A new rumor is now indicating that the third movie of this new trilogy, Episode IX might actually begin filming around that time as well, in April 2017, which would be unusually early. Furthermore, it would mean that Lucasfilm would have to balance the production of both Episode IX and the upcoming Han Solo spinoff film, which will commence principal photography in February, aiming for a 2018 release.
Lastly, the rumors point towards May 23, 2019, as a possible release date for Episode IX, which I highly doubt. It would be odd for Lucasfilm to go out of their way and release a Star Wars movie during the summer instead of the winter like they have with Episode VII and Rogue One.
Episode VIII is scheduled to hit theaters on December 15, 2017.