Bob Iger didn’t bring news about Star Wars: The Force Awakens to The Walt Disney Company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders today, but he didn’t leave Star Wars fans hanging. He dropped some big news about the first Star Wars spinoff film and Star Wars: Episode VIII. Are you ready?
The title of the first Star Wars spinoff is Rogue One. It is being directed by Gareth Edwards and written by Chris Weitz. It will star Felicity Jones. The story for Rogue One came from John Knoll, the chief creative officer at Industrial Light and Magic. Knoll will serve as one of the executive producers on the film, too. Filming begins this summer in London and Rogue One will be out on December 16, 2016. With that title, I’m hoping (praying?) it’s a movie about X-wing pilots.
In Episode VIII news, Iger confirmed Rian Johnson is on board to write and direct. And he shared the release date which might be different than you expect: it will be in theaters May 26, 2017. Hopefully they’ll stick with the May release for the final film in the sequel trilogy too because tradition!
What do you think about the title for the spinoff? Tell us your thoughts in the comments, and don’t miss Jessica Chobot breaking down all the first Star Wars spinoff film on a recent episode of Nerdist News: