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Gareth Edwards (left) will direct Rogue One, the first stand-alone Star Wars movie. Felicity Jones (center) is the first actress cast in the film. Meanwhile the "saga" continues with Rian Johnson directing Star Wars: Episode VIII, the movie that will follow the December 2015 release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Image ©Disney, Lucasfilms

News About Star Wars VIII and Rogue One

When you pay billions of dollars for something, you don’t want it to sit around for long. This morning Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger shared big news with eager shareholders at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco—right across the street from Lucasfilm’s headquarters. With Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens well into production and due for release at the end of 2015, Iger confirmed that Rian Johnson will direct the yet to be named Star Wars: Episode VIII. The director will be gunning for a May 26, 2017 release date—40 years and a day after the release of the very first Star Wars: A New Hope.

Iger tossed an even more interesting morsel when he revealed some details for the first stand alone movie in the Star Wars universe.  Rogue One is the first movie to break away from the core storyline and will be directed by Gareth Edwards and written by Chris Weitz (who has proven his writing finesse in this weekend’s release of Cinderella). Felicity Jones is the first actress confirmed to be in the film, which begins shooting this summer with an anticipated December 16, 2016 release date.

More details about the movies mentioned in this post…

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

The story picks up 30 years after the return of the Jedi.

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

There is a foreboding feeling...

Star Wars: The Complete Saga

Star Wars: The Complete Saga

Star Wars- The Clone Wars

Star Wars- The Clone Wars

Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith

Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith

Beware the dark side...

Star Wars Trilogy

Star Wars Trilogy

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi

Can the Force restore balance to the universe?

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones

The Empire has been cloning around...

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Some secrets can shake your universe.

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

Even in a big galaxy, three is a crowd.

Star Wars: Episode VIII

Star Wars: Episode VIII

More from the Star Wars Universe...

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Another tale from a (familiar) galaxy far, far away...

Cinderella (2015)

Cinderella (2015)

Disney takes on the Cinderella story once again...