During a shareholder meeting today, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger delivered some news about a couple of future Star Wars films, according to StarWars.com.
The first stand-alone Star Wars film is Rogue One, which explores characters and events beyond the main characters of the Star Wars saga. The film will be directed by Gareth Edwards and written by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz. Felicity Jones has already been cast for the film. John Knoll, Jason McGatlin, and Simon Emanuel will executive-produce and Tony T and Kathleen Kennedy will produce the film. Shooting begins in London this summer and Rogue One will release on December 16th, 2016.
Iger also confirmed that Rian Johnson will write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII. The film, set after the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is set to hit theaters on May 26th, 2017. Johnson is well-known for directing Looper.