So we now have release dates for the next two Star Wars
movies after Episode VII
. The Rian (Looper) Johnson
directed Episode VIII
will be coming in May 2017
, a year and a half (rather than the traditional 2 years) after this year's entry, and in time for the 40th anniversary of the release of the first Star Wars
. This will make a great anniversary present for sure.
However in additional news we have the release date and title of the first of the stand alone Star Wars
movies to be released. Gareth Edwards
entry is now officially titled Rogue One
In addition to this exciting news, we have word that Felicity Jones
has been cast, and that the story comes from an idea from the head of ILM
supremo John Knoll
. This is aiming for a December 2016 release.
Let the speculation begin. With that title does it mean we'll be getting an X-Wing Rebel
pilot focused story? An early Rebellion
based tale? Coming from the mind of John Knoll
you'd expect some effects heavy action packed tale for sure. I personally would love a Rebel Alliance
grunts focused story, more dealing with those on the front line of the Galactic Civil War
, the troops out in the field, the pilots making the difference without the need for The Force
to help them, more gritty Band of Brothers
style soldiering set in the Star Wars
universe. Or perhaps the Rebel
mission to capture (either of) the Death Star
plans? Too many exciting possibilities.
What would you like to see?
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