‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Gets Release Date + Spinoff Gets Title

At their annual shareholders meeting in San Francisco, Disney and LucasFilm announced the release date and director of ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ as well as the name of Gareth Edwards’ spinoff.

‘Looper’ director Rian Johnson will helm ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ and will be released on May 26, 2017. Johnson will also write the script for the movie. This marks the return of the franchise to a May release date after all the other movies in the series except for ‘Episode VII’ which will be released this December.

Gareth Edwards’ spinoff movie will be called ‘Rogue One’. The movie is expected to begin shooting this Summer in London with Oscar nominee Felicity Jones starring. The movie will open on Dec. 16, 2016. No plot details were given at this time.

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