Now that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is out in theaters, when can we look forward to seeing another Star Wars movie on the big screen?
With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story showing in theaters across the U.S., we now look forward to the next movie set in a galaxy far, far away: Episode VIII.
Episode VIII ‘s premiere date currently sits in December 2017. Production is underway; filming began in early spring 2016 and wrapped in August. Episode VIII‘s director, Rian Johnson, is already editing footage, and composer John Williams recently started work on the film’s score.
An Episode VIII trailer is already planned for the near future, as Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy promised a trailer premiere for spring 2017. Moreover, Episode VIII will star at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando in April. Just like at the past two Celebrations, there will likely be costume and prop displays and huge cast and crew panels, all addressing the next installment in the episodic saga.
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After Episode VIII, another galactic adventure will follow soon after in the form of the Han Solo standalone movie. Filming for the movie, which stars Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover as a young Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, respectively, begins February 2017. The film is currently slated for a May 2018 theater premiere, just six months after Episode VIII‘s debut. Other than Ehrenreich and Glover, only Game of Thrones‘s Emilia Clarke is a confirmed a cast member.
After Han Solo, the next film is Episode IX. Currently, IX’s release date is May 2019. But it’s too early to call that date set in stone. The Force Awakens and Rogue One met with huge success as December premieres. The executives at Disney may change their minds about when they want Star Wars movies to premiere. It depends on how well the Han Solo movie does in May 2018.
Beyond Episode IX, Lucasfilm has not elaborated what plans it has conjured. Perhaps they are still making those plans. If only we could steal them…