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Disney sets May 2019 release for ‘Episode IX’

LOS ANGELES — “Star Wars” is coming back to the summer movie season.

The Walt Disney Co.on Tuesday announced the Colin Trevorrow- directed “Star Wars: Episode IX” would fly into theaters \ May 24, 2019, making it the first in the main trilogy to debut in the summer box office season, which kicks off at the beginning of May.

“The Force Awakens” and the “Star Wars” spinoff “Rogue One” were released in December, and the upcoming “The Last Jedi” is out Dec. 15.

Disney also set a barrage of release dates for the next few years, including for the fifth “Indiana Jones” film, the live-action “The Lion King” and “Frozen 2.”

The still-untitled “Indiana Jones” movie was pushed back a year and is now set to arrive in theaters July 10, 2020, with Steven Spielberg returning as director along with star Harrison Ford.

Director Jon Favreau’s live-action “Lion King,” featuring Donald Glover as Simba, is expected to debut July 19, 2019, while the animated sequel to the smash-hit “Frozen” will come later that year on Nov. 27, 2019.

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