Star Wars: Episode VIII 2017 release date announced

March 13, 2015 in Entertainment

In this photo taken Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, C-3PO, left, and R2-D2 costumes are displayed as part of an exhibit on the costumes of Star Wars at Seattle's EMP Museum. The creators of the new exhibit, with 60 original costumes from the six Star Wars movies, are hoping to gather geeks, fashionistas and movie fans together to discuss how clothing helps set the scene. The exhibit, "Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume," will be in Seattle through early October and then travel across the United States through 2020. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

In this photo taken Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, C-3PO, left, and R2-D2 costumes are displayed as part of an exhibit on the costumes of Star Wars at Seattle’s EMP Museum. The creators of the new exhibit, with 60 original costumes from the six Star Wars movies, are hoping to gather geeks, fashionistas and movie fans together to discuss how clothing helps set the scene. The exhibit, “Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume,” will be in Seattle through early October and then travel across the United States through 2020. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

(AP) “Star Wars: Episode VIII” will blast into theaters on May 26, 2017, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced at a shareholder meeting Thursday.

Rian Johnson, known for the innovative time travel film “Looper,” is confirmed to write and direct. “Episode VIII” will take place after the events of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which opens Dec. 18.

Iger also announced that the first in a series of big-screen “Star Wars” stand-alone films is titled “Rogue One.” Gareth Edwards (“Godzilla”) will direct off of a script from Chris Weitz (“About a Boy”).

Felicity Jones, who earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in “The Theory of Everything,” is set to star in “Rogue One,” which will shoot in London this summer for Dec. 16, 2016, release.