Disney and Lucas film announced today that Star Wars: Episode VIII, helmed by Rian Johnson, will be release on May 26th, 2017, Variety reports. While the December release of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still far, far away,
At a shareholders meeting in San Francisco, the two companies — which joined forces in 2012 — also announced new details regarding Gareth Edwards’ (Godzilla) upcoming standalone film, which will be titled Rogue One and star The Theory of Everything‘s Felicity Jones. Production is scheduled to begin in London this summer, and the film opens on December 16th, 2016.
Cinderella scribe Chris Weitz will write the Rogue One screenplay, which is based on an idea from Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor, John Knoll. While no plot details were revealed, many have speculated that it, and Josh Trank’s separate Star Wars stand alone, will focus on the early days of Princess Leia and Han Solo.
As for Abrams’ The Force Awakens, things have been quiet on the intergalactic front since the film’s first official trailer arrived last November. The film’s cast will include Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamil, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker who will reprise their original roles. The old guard will be joined by newcomers Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Max von Sydow, Andy Serkis, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley.
The Force Awakens was written by Abrams and Lucas film veteran Lawrence Kasdan, who replaced original screenwriter Michael Arndt. It’s scheduled to arrive on December 18th.
The movie has become a part of several generations and every time another instalment appears, the fans always watch the movie in drove making the series one of the most successful in the movie history. It’s also the longest. So far there were two trilogies shown so far. This is episode 8 and would likely end up with a 9th one.
The first title appeared on May 25, 1977.