It’s shaping up to be another terrific day for ‘Star Wars’ fans, as more information about the next trilogy of films, and a new standalone film, were announced. Earlier this afternoon Lucasfilm and Disney revealed a few new details for the upcoming ‘Star Wars’ film expansion during the company’s annual shareholders meeting hosted in San Francisco. During the meeting it was confirmed by Disney that Rian Johnson will write and direct the second installment to the new trilogy ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII.’ That film now has an official release date, currently set for May 26, 2017. The film was not given an official title, that will be announced at a later date.
As for the first standalone ‘Star Wars’ film, that film now has an official title, moving forward it will be called ‘Rogue One.’ Few details have been released on that film, but we do know that it will star Felicity Jones. The script was written by Chris Weitz, who recently wrote the screenplay to Disney’s live-action film adaptation of ‘Cinderella’. A release date was already confirmed for that film as well, ‘Rogue One’ will hit theaters on December 16, 2016. The project will begin production in London later this summer.
The film itself was conceived by the popular vfx supervisor John Knoll, who is producing the film with Kathleen Kennedy, Tony To and John Schwartz. As for the next major installment to the franchise, J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” that film is still scheduled to release on December 18, 2015. Fans can expect to see a few of the original cast members, including Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. They will join the new installments to the series, John Boyega and Adam Driver.
More information on the first spinoff film ‘Rogue One,’ casting and other updates will be announced by Disney as the project moves closer to production.