Star Wars Ep 8 Dated, Spin-Off Titled

Disney and Lucasfilm have just dropped two small but important bits of “Star Wars” official news.

First up, the Gareth Edwards-directed “Star Wars” spin-off film has scored a title – “Star Wars: Rogue One”. The film, written by Chris Weitz and filming this summer in London, is on track for a December 16th 2016 release.

The press release also confirms that Felicity Jones will star, and that the film is based on a idea by ILM CCO John Knoll who serves as executive producer.

The other big bit of news? Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: Episode VIII” project will not be coming December 2017. In fact, it’s going a lot earlier than that – it’ll be out May 26th 2017.

The news was revealed by Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger during Disney’s annual meeting of shareholders in San Francisco this morning.

Source: StarWars.Com