Huge news for Star Wars fans today!
After months of speculation, Disney has finally revealed when we'll see Episode VIII AND the first spinoff film!
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Oh, BTW, the first spinoff will be called…
Star Wars: Rogue One!
The standalone film will star Felicity Jones and be directed by Godzilla's Gareth Edwards from a script by Cinderella's Chris Weitz.
They aren't giving away any deets about the plot, but it is worth noting that the word "rogue" was used heavily in the video game series Star Wars Rogue Squadron.
That franchise was centered primarily around X-Wing flying rebels.
We can expect that film about a year after The Force Awakens on December 16, 2016.
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The as-yet-untitled Episode VIII — set to be written and directed by Looper's Rian Johnson — will bow the following summer on May 26, 2017.
That's seven months earlier than Bob Iger's original estimate. They must be making the jump to hyper speed to get these out!
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