When Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012 and announced Episode VII, it was pretty much assumed the sequels would come out every two years after that. While we knew the first spin-off was set for December 16, 2016 the dates for any movie beyond that was completely unofficial and speculation.
In a message to Disney shareholders, Iger reveals that 2017 and 2019 would be the dates for the rest of the Sequel Trilogy:
â€œAs one of the few people allowed to visit the set during filmingâ€¦.and one of the fewer whoâ€™s seen most of the footageâ€¦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 itâ€™s only the beginning of a new era of exceptional Star Wars storytelling; next year weâ€™ll release our first standalone movie based on these characters, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII in 2017, and weâ€™ll finish this trilogy with Episode IX in 2019.â€
With these dates official, maybe they should consider moving the Avatar sequels out of December? The first is due in 2017, and it would look bad if two of the three sequels are obliterated at the box office by Star Wars…