Disney and Lucasfilm announced details of the upcoming “Stars Wars” films at its annual shareholders meeting in San Francisco.
New Star Wars Movies Release Dates Announced.
Rian Johnson, director of Looper, has been confirmed to write and direct Star Wars 8, which arrives in movie theaters May 26, 2017. Rian Johnson will also direct Star Wars 9, in movie theaters in 2019.
Gareth Edwards’ upcoming standalone Star Wars film, starring Felicity Jones, has the title of Rogue One. The movie opens in theaters December 16, 2016.
Rogue One, based on an idea by Oscar-winning vfx supervisor John Knoll, was written by Cinderella (2015) screenwriter Chris Weitz.
Plot details of Rogue One will be revealed shortly.
The Gareth Edwards spinoff Star Wars movie is one of two known Star Wars spinoffs in the works at Lucasfilm and Disney. Director Josh Trank (“Chronicle”) is developing another top secret feature.
It’s unclear how both spinoff features will play into the seventh chapter Star Wars: The Force Awakens, if at all.
Disney is banking heavily on the Star Wars franchise after acquiring Lucasfilm in 2012 for $4 billion. The studio is also planning Star Wars-themed attractions at Disney parks across the globe.