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Disney announces release dates for Star Wars: Episode VIII and Episode IX, teases further trilogies

on January 30, 2015, 3:12pm

Disney has unveiled more of its plans for the upcoming Star Wars trilogy. In a meeting with shareholders this week, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that Episode VIII will arrive in 2017, two years after the J.J. Abrams-helmed Episode VII: The Force Awakens hits theaters. The final film in the trilogy, Episode IX, will follow in 2019.

What’s more, if you take much stock into Iger’s word choice, he may have seemingly dropped an even bigger bombshell. Iger described Episode IX as “the end of this trilogy,” suggesting plans for additional films in the Star Wars cinematic universe beyond what’s already announced.

Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens officially arrives in theaters on December 18th, 2015 (watch the first teaser trailer below). The franchise’s first spin-off film, directed by Gareth Edwards, is due out the following year on December 16th.