First Star Wars Spin-Off Gets a Title, and Episode VIII Gets a Date

March 12, 2015 7:51 PM

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Just when it was almost quiet on the Star Wars news front, Disney kicked up some dust with two big announcements about the future of its oldest cinematic universe: Star Wars: Episode VIII will hit theaters on May 26, 2017, and the title of the franchise’s first stand-alone film will be Rogue One.

Episode VIII is being directed by Looper writer/director Rian Johnson, who will also write the script for his Star Wars film. (For fans of Johnson’s work, like us, this is what they call Oh Hell Yes News.) His movie will pick up where J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens—hitting theaters in Dec...

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