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Star Wars: Episode VIII Release Date Revealed

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At Disney's annual meeting of shareholders in San Francisco this morning, Walt Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger dropped a couple of nuggets of information regarding the Star Wars franchise: first, Episode VIII, written and directed by Rian Johnson (Looper), will be released May 26, 2017. The film, continuing after the events of the seventh edition, The Force Awakens, will be launching exactly forty years and one day after the original film, A New Hope. Iger also announced a stand-alone movie based on the Star Wars world, dubbed Rogue One. Directed by Gareth Edwards (2014's Godzilla), the film will hit theaters Dec. 16, 2016.