At Disney's latest shareholder meeting CEO Bob Iger threw out some more information regarding the future of Star Wars at Disney.
First and foremost, some details were given about the first of several planned standalone movies set within the Star Wars Universe. The film has been title Rogue One and while the idea is said to have been pitched by producer John Knoll (The Force Awakens) no plot information has been provided as of yet. It has been announced that the script has been written by Chris Weltz (Cinderella) and the film will be helmed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla). So far only Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) has been announced to star.
Rogue One is set to hit theatres December 16 2016.
Iger also confirmed what has been suspected for a long time now, namely that Rian Johnosn (Looper) will write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII which is due out May 26 2017, a day after the 40th anniversary of the release of Star Wars: A New Hope.
In other Star Wars news, it was announced earlier this week that hardcore fans could look forward to "Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens", Disney's official name for the 20 books set to bridge the gap between Episodes VI and VII. Disney had previously announced that they were scrapping all extended universe material and the canon now contained just the main movie entries, the clone wars and Star Wars: Rebels. So, now fans will get to see what the EU looks like after Disney's reboot.
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens is out in cinemas on December 18 2015.