Entertainment ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ release pushed back to Dec. 2017 Daisy Ridley, right, as Rey, and BB-8, in a scene from the film, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," directed by J.J. Abrams. Photo Credit: Film Frame / Disney By Keira Alexander firstname.lastname@example.org January 20, 2016 4:36 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email Patience you must have, Star Wars fans. The release date for “Star Wars: Episode VIII” has been pushed back from May 2017 until December 2017, Walt Disney Studios announced Wednesday. No reason was given for the postponement, but there are reports that filming the movie, which was slated to commence in London this month, is delayed until February. By Keira Alexander email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.