STAR WARS EPISODE VIII: THE LAST JEDI Opens December 15, 2017

This post will have the official information for STAR WARS EPISODE VIII scheduled to open on May 26, 2017 December 15, 2017.  Current timeline for STAR WARS films include: STAR WARS VII (12/18/15), ROGUE ONE (12/16/16), STAR WARS VIII (12/15/17), Untitled Han Solo film (5/25/18), STAR WARS IX (2019).  Continue reading for all the news, images, and trailers for STAR WARS EPISODE VIII, and we’ll continue to update this post as more information becomes available.

Update July 15, 2017

During the D23 Expo, a behind-the-scenes video and character posters were released for STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.

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Update April 14, 2017

During Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, the first trailer and poster was released for STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.

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Update January 23, 2017

Official title and poster released for STAR WARS EPISODE VIII – STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.  What do you think?

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Update February 15, 2016

Rey took her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will continue her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the continuing Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Episode VIII, which began principal photography at Pinewood Studios in London on February 15, 2016.

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Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is written and directed by Rian Johnson and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, welcomes back cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis.  New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and talented newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin and Tom Karnowski. Joining the production crew will be some of the industry’s top talent, including Steve Yedlin (Director of Photography), Bob Ducsay (Editor), Rick Heinrichs (Production Designer), Peter Swords King (Hair and Make-Up Designer), and Mary Vernieu (US Casting Director). They will be joining returning crew members Pippa Anderson (Co-Producer, VP Post Production), Neal Scanlan (Creature & Droid FX Creative Supervisor), Michael Kaplan (Costume Designer), Jamie Wilkinson (Prop Master), Chris Corbould (SFX Supervisor), Rob Inch (Stunt Coordinator), Ben Morris (VFX Supervisor), and Nina Gold (UK Casting Director).

Star Wars: Episode VIII is scheduled for release December 15, 2017.

Update January 21, 2016

Star Wars Episode VIII, originally scheduled for release on May 26, 2017, will now debut on December 15, 2017.  The move follows the extraordinary success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was the first Star Wars movie to premiere in December.  In the popular holiday moviegoing corridor, it smashed numerous records, including biggest domestic and global debuts of all time as well as the biggest domestic second and third weekends, en route to becoming the highest grossing domestic release of all time with over $861M and the third biggest global release ever with $1.887B.

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R2-D2 (L) and BB-8 attend Star Wars Celebration 2015 on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, California. Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez for Disney

Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: Episode VIII is currently in pre-production and will begin principal photography in London next month. Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman will produce and J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski, and Jason McGatlin will executive produce.

Original post from July 8, 2015 follows below…

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ALAN HORN (Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios) at D23 EXPO 2015 (Disney/Image Group LA)

From Lucasfilm Ltd.

Rian Johnson will write and direct STAR WARS EPISODE VIII. The film, which continues the saga after the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is set for release on May 26, 2017 — forty years and a day after the release of Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977. Johnson is widely considered one of cinema’s most gifted young filmmakers, having directed the modern sci-fi classic, Looper, as well as Brick and The Brothers Bloom. He was also behind the camera for three episodes of the critically-acclaimed TV series Breaking Bad, including “Ozymandias,” which series creator Vince Gilligan named as the best installment of the show. Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman, producer of Looper, Don Jon, Brick, and The Brothers Bloom, are on board to produce, and J.J. Abrams will serve as executive producer.

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