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'Star Wars: Episode VIII' delayed until end of 2017

Alex Stedman, Variety.com

A scene from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

A scene from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

LOS ANGELES - "Star Wars" fans will have to wait a little longer for "Episode VIII," with Disney moving the release date from May 26, 2017, to Dec. 15, 2017.

The studio also shifted the date for the release of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" to May 26, 2017, previously set for July 7, 2017.

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is continuing to smash box office records since its release on Dec. 18. It's currently the highest-grossing movie in U.S. history, and is also the third highest-grossing movie worldwide, with its current global cume standing at $1.88 billion.

"Episode VIII" is currently in pre-production and will begin principal photography in London next month. Rian Johnson is taking the reins from J.J. Abrams, who helmed "The Force Awakens," to write and direct the upcoming sequel.

Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman will produce "Episode VIII." Abrams, Tom Karnowski and Jason McGatlin will exec produce.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" will see Johnny Depp reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow, along with Geoffrey Rush and Orlando Bloom returning as Barbossa and Will Turner, respectively. Javier Bardem will make his debut in the series as new adversary Captain Salazar.

Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg are directing "Dead Men Tell No Tales," with Jerry Bruckheimer producing. It's currently in post-production.