Star Wars fans have a lot to look forward to over the next few years. At Disney‘s annual shareholder meeting which took place today in San Francisco, details have emerged as to what we can expect for the future of the franchise and was announced by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger.
Announced at the meeting, Star Wars Episode VIII will be released May 26, 2017 and be written and directed by Rian Johnson. That release date is forty years and one day after Star Wars: A New Hope was released in 1977.
The bigger news is that the first standalone film will be released December 16, 2016. The film will be called Rogue One, and is based on an idea by a visual effects supervisor, John Knoll, and written by Chris Weitz. There’s also another standalone film in development. The film will be directed by Gareth Edwards, and so far Felicity Jones has been cast to star. The film will begin shooting this summer.