News Update: Star Wars Spinoff and Episode VIII What We Know So Far!!

By Matt O'Bryant

Welcome back to Star Wars news everyone,

Its finally official we have a Star Wars Spinoff Title and the title is.....

Rogue One will be the first official Star Wars Spinoff Film and here is what we know:

  • The film is scheduled to hit theaters on December 16, 2016
  • The film will be directed by Monsters and Godzilla director Gareth Edwards.
  • This will be the first film in "a unique series of big-screen adventures that explore the characters and events beyond the core Star Wars saga.
  • Screenwriter Chris Weitz will handle the screen writing duties which he will craft from John Knoll, a longtime visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic.
  • Felicity Jones who was nominated for best actress this year for her work in The Theory Of Everything is the only cast member confirmed so far.
  • Most likely the film will be based on the "Rogue Squadron" team of pilots from the Star Wars Lore.
  • Alexandre Desplat is on board to compose the score for the film, making it the first official live action Star Wars film not to be composed by John Williams.  He is coming off winning the Academy Award this year for his work on The Grand Budapest Hotel.

That is all the news on the first official spinoff Star Wars film that we know so far, check back later for more updates! 

Star Wars:  Episode VIII what we know so far:

  • Episode VIII will be directed by Rian Johnson, who wrote and directed the instant cult classics Looper and Brick!
  • Release date for Episode VIII is a surprisingly sooner than expected date of May 26th, 2017.  Which is just 6 months after the release of Rogue One!  It will also be the 40th Anniversary of the release of the original Star Wars!
  • The film will also be written by Director Rian Johnson and its rumored that he will also write episode IX.

That's it for all the Star Wars movie news update for now, check back later for more up to date Star Wars movie news!  I don't know about you guys and gals but i'm personally extremely excited about this news and can't wait to find out more, just think about it, we will get three brand new Star Wars films starting this December in less than two years!  Wow!!

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Source:, Starwars7news, Cinemablend