Walt Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger said “Star Wars: Episode VIII”, written and directed by Rian Johnson, will be released on May 26, 2017.
A stand-alone movie based on the Star Wars world that is due on December 16, 2016, and directed by Gareth Edwards, will be called “Rogue One”, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Iger made the announcement at Disney’s annual meeting of shareholders in San Francisco.
Iger showed the attendees several trailers of upcoming Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar films, said that Disney will introduce on TV next year the first Latina in its Disney Princess line, and said he has high hopes for the live-action “Cinderella” opening on Friday.
“We absolutely love this movie,” he said.
He said “Big Hero 6” — this years best animated feature Oscar winner — has become Disney’s third-highest-grossing animated film of all time, behind “Frozen” and “The Lion King”.