CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

It's official, three 'Star Wars' films in 18 months

About a month ago, that all changed when we intuitively figured out that Disney was going to release Star Wars: Episode VIII in May of 2017, a mere 18 months after The Force Awakens and only five months after the first stand-alone Star Wars film. That's three Star Wars films in 18 months.

Lucasfilm announced officially today that Star Wars: Episode VIII will indeed release in theaters on May 26, 2017 and that the first stand-alone Star Wars film will be called Star Wars: Rogue One.

Also in the press release was confirmation that Felicity Jones has been cast in Rogue One and that film will debut in theaters on December 16, 2016. That's a whole lot of information to digest. The most pressing question is what will Rogue One be about? On face value, it would seem to be about X-Wing pilots and the nascent start of the rebel force.

With the drop in of Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26, 2017 that gives Disney two high profile films in May with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5, 2017. At first glance that seems a bit congested for Disney who normally likes to spread out its films so that each on is able to reach its potential.

However, as Jason DeMars from The Marvel Watch blog pointed out to me via Twitter, that would give Disney a new film in theaters every three weeks with Toy Story 4 on June 17 and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales on July 7. In other words, wow that is as impressive a release slate as I've seen from a studio perhaps ever.

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