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Star Wars: Episode VIII will be delayed

The release of the next episode in the new Star Wars sequel trilogy will be delayed until the end of 2017, Disney has announced.

Fans were excited as the next episode was due to go on global release in May 2017, putting it 5 months after the next Star Wars film: Rogue One this year, a spin off focusing on a mission to steal the Death Star plans.

Star Wars has traditionally been a summer blockbuster film. A New Hope was released in 25 May 1977 and  The Empire Strikes Back in 17 May 1980.

The Force Awakens, which is still showing and has become the biggest-grossing film in US history.

In the five weeks since its release, it has earned $861m (£607m) in the US and $1.88bn globally.

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