Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger announced today that director Rian Johnson is set to write
and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII, which will open in theaters May 26th, 2017. Iger
also revealed the first standalone Star Wars film is titled Rogue One and will start
filming this summer in London. Godzilla director Gareth Edwards will direct with
Oscar-nominated screenwriter Chris Weitz writing the script. The Star Wars spinoff
is set for a December 16th, 2016 release date, just five months before Episode VIII
opens in theaters.