We can finally stop calling the first Star Wars spin-off movie "the first Star Wars spin-off movie." Disney and Lucasfilm have officially titled the movie Rogue One.
The news comes from Disney CEO Bob Iger, who spoke at a shareholder meeting in San Francisco. Rogue One is being directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla), was written by Chris Weitz (About a Boy) and will star Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything). It starts shooting in London this summer and is slated to hit theaters December 16, 2016.
Because one Star Wars movie isn't enough, Iger also confirmed details about Star Wars: Episode VIII. Rian Johnson (known to sci-fi fans for Looper) will write and direct the movie, which will hit theaters May 26, 2017 and continues the story of The Force Awakens.
If all goes according to plan, that means we'll be getting two major, theatrical Star Wars releases within six months of each other, which is kind of crazy if you ask me. Still, bring 'em on. I'm very anxious to see what Disney has been cooking up, and I'm really hoping they aren't all horrible disasters.