J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens (aka Star Wars: Episode VII), the continuation of the original Star Wars trilogy created by George Lucas, was a massive success for Disney, hitting the $2 billion global box office mark. Likewise can be said about Gareth Edwards’ spin-off, Star Wars: Rogue One, which surpassed the $1 billion mark.
But now it’s time to put our geek-focus on Star Wars: The Last Jedi (aka Star Wars: Episode VIII), which has writer/director Rian Johnson (Looper) at the helm.
Returning cast members include Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis and of course, the late Carrie Fisher (all of her scenes were filmed before her passing). New cast members include Laura Dern (Jurassic Park) and Benicio Del Toro (Sicario), who’ll be playing one of the film’s key villains.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will arrive in theaters on December 15, 2017.
Also in the works from Disney is a Han Solo spin-off, which will be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie). A Boba Fett spin-off is also said to be in early stages of development. And let’s not forget about Star Wars: Episode IX, from director Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World), which we won’t see until 2019.