First ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off is Officially ‘Rogue One,’ ‘Star Wars Episode VIII’ Gets a Premiere Date

Star Wars Stand Alone Film Title News and Episode VIII Release Date
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Walt Disney Company Bob Iger (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez / WireImage)

Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced the first stand-alone Star Wars movie will be titled Rogue One during a shareholder meeting in San Francisco. Godzilla director Gareth Edwards will helm Rogue One and Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) is set to star in the movie which will hit theaters on December 16, 2016.

Chris Weitz (Cinderella) wrote the script from a story by Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor John Knoll. Knoll’s executive producing Rogue One with Simon Emanuel and Jason McGatlin. And Iger confirmed filming will take place this summer in London.

Iger also announced Star Wars: Episode VIII will open in theaters on May 26, 2017. Rian Johnson (Looper) is writing and directing the film which will be set after the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Kathleen Kennedy and Rian Johnson’s frequent collaborator Ram Bergman will produce Star Wars: Episode VIII.

-By Rebecca Murray

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