'Star Wars Episode VIII' Release Date Now Set For December 2017

May the force be rescheduled

Star Wars: The Force Awakens battle still

Star Wars: The Force Awakens battle still

X-Wings face-off against TIE Fighters oncemore in the new 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens.'Star Wars/Disney/Lucasfilm

Is your Force awakened enough yet? After managing the twin feats of living up to fan expectations and smashing every box office record placed before it, Star Wars: The Force Awakens ended on a dramatic reveal, and left the path clear for the final two movies of the grand trilogy of trilogies. Fans eager to jump back into the plot will have to wait just a little longer: Disney and Lucasfilm today confirmed that they're pushing back the release of Episode VIII from May 2017 to December 2017.

In a tweet, Episode VIII director Rian Johnson (previously of Brothers Bloom, Brick, and that great Breaking Bad episode "Ozymandias") appeared to confirm the news. Either that, or he has weirdly out-of-season preferences for novelty Star Wars songs.

Never fear, fans of that long ago and far, far away universe: there's still a wealth of official Star Wars content to fill the extra half-year of waiting. Tonight, the Star Wars: Rebels TV show returns, continuing its tale of a plucky band of young insurgents fighting against the Empire in the years between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Like Force Awakens, it appears some old familiar faces will show up:

And in December of this year, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is scheduled for release. Rather than telling the next part of the main plot, it will instead focus on events right before A New Hope, telling, again, the tale of a band of plucky insurgents out to undermine an Imperial superweapon.