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Remember this morning when, with the news that J.J. Abrams would return to Star Wars to replace Colin Trevorrow on Episode IX, we all thought the movie would stay on track for its May 2019 release date? Well, think again: Lucasfilm just confirmed that the movie as received a 7-month push back to December.

The news was surreptitiously revealed by the Star Wars twitter account, which simply added an @-reply to its own link to the Abrams news hours after the fact:

In a way it makes sense—after all, Abrams’ return included a note that he would be co-writing a new script for the film alongside Chris Terrio. On top of that and the rigors of pre-production, which are due to ramp up on Episode IX soon, it would’ve been a bit of a stretch for movie to keep its original release date as planned.

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The sequel trilogy’s December release dates have become a tradition at this point, even if unintentional.