Star Wars Episode VIII, the direct sequel to The Force Awakens, will hit theaters May 26, 2017. Rian Johnson (Looper) will take over both writing and directing duties from J.J. Abrams.
The news came from Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger at a shareholders meeting, where he also provided a few new details for the first of several planned standalone films.
Rogue One is the title of first spin-off, which focus on events and characters outside the main franchise. The new movie will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) and star Felicity Jones -- the Oscar-nominated actress for The Theory of Everything. Chris Weitz (About a Boy) has been tapped to write the script.