When the notion of a whole #Disney franchise of Star Wars spin-offs was first announced, some were split between the joy of expanding the cinematic #StarWars universe, and the notion that the whole thing was just a cash grab.
Thankfully Rogue One: A Star Wars Story belayed those fears when it released at the end of last year, smashing the box office to finish second place for the entire year in the US, behind Disney Pixar's Finding Dory — all this despite the fact that #RogueOne released only two weeks before the end of the year.
And the success doesn't stop at the box office; the critics and fans alike approved Rogue One, and it's currently sitting pretty with an 85% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 65 on Metacritic.
And so we look forward to the future of the Star Wars universe. Star Wars Episode VIII arrives December 2017, followed up by the #HanSolo movie — the second installment in the Star Wars Anthology — which arrives next year ahead of a third coming sometime in 2020.
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The Han Solo Anthology installment will take us back to the early days of the smuggler and his famously hairy companion Chewbacca. This time around Alden Ehrenreich will be taking the reins as the younger Solo, with the outing directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord. The official release date for the Han Solo Anthology film is currently sitting at May 25, 2018 — but according to an industry rumor, this may be about to change.
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens arrived December 2015, with Rogue One in December 2016 and Episode VIII is also set for a December release date this year. And now it looks like the Han Solo movie may also receive similar treatment. According to sources over at Making Star Wars, the movie is being pushed back. Way back, in fact, all the way to December 13, 2018.
Of course this is all unconfirmed at the moment. But it is worth noting that the only source we have on the May release date right now is the initial press release from back in July that confirmed that Miller and Lord would be directing, while later press releases only confirmed that the movie will be released in 2018. Nothing solid here, but a little suspicious perhaps. It is possible that Lucasfilm was waiting to see how Rogue One fared before confirming release dates for the rest of the anthology movies.
Given the past patterns of having the movies release in December, it wouldn't be a big surprise to see this shift happening. Placing the movie in December also takes heat away from Disney competing with its own franchises, as the Disney/Marvel Studios blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War is also set for release May 2018, and is sure to dominate the box office for that month.
But for now though we'll just have to wait until we get an official line from Disney regarding the release date, if we have to wait a few more months for the Han Solo outing to be as good as Rogue One, we'll take it.
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(Source: Making Star Wars)