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First Star Wars Standalone Called Rogue One, Ep. VIII Release Date Revealed

| 12 Mar 2015 18:55

Star Wars: Rogue One will hit theaters on December 16th, 2016.

The first Star Wars stand-alone film will be called Rogue One.

Disney announced the title today in a shareholders meeting hosted by CEO Bog Iger. While no official story details have yet to be revealed, rumor has it that this spin-off flick could follow a group of bounty hunters involved in a high-risk heist, perhaps even stealing the plans for the original Death Star. "Rogue" of course, was also the name of Luke's speeder squadron in the Battle of Hoth,

A posting to the official Star Wars website did confirm however, that "the idea for the story of Rogue One came from John Knoll," the chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic. Knoll will serve as an executive producer on the film. Rogue One will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla), written by Chris Weitz (Cinderalla, About a Boy and star Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything. It's currently set to land in theaters on December 16th, 2016.

In addition to the Rogue One reveal, Iger also shared a release date for Star Wars: Episode VIII. The movie, which will officially be directed by Rian Johnson (Looper), will come out on May 26, 2017. In other words, it might be a good time to buy some new calendars and start marking down dates.

Source: Star Wars

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