Though the more anticipated news of who will be cast as the young Harrison Ford is yet to be revealed, we do now have an official release date for the Han Solo standalone movie.

Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed the date when speaking about Rogue One, the upcoming Star Wars spin-off film set for release this December.

“This is the first of a set of planned standalone stories,” Iger explained at the Walt Disney Co.’s quarterly earnings call. “We’re already in preproduction on our next one, for release in May of 2018.”

The movie is set to be directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, of 22 Jump Street and The Lego Movie fame. The search for the lead role was recently revealed to be down to eight actors, including Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco and Scott Eastwood. So expect some news about that sooner rather than later.

Rogue One, on the other hand, is just about to wrap up principal photography. In case you don’t know, it will be set shortly before the events of A New Hope and follow a band of Rebel fighters who undertake a heist to steal the plans for the Death Star. It will feature the likes of Felicity Jones and Mads Mikkelsen.

Iger is positive about this one, saying: “Filming of Rogue One is virtually completed and we absolutely love what we’ve seen so far.”

The CEO also took the chance to announce that Star Wars: Episode VIII has now begun filming. The movie will be helmed by Looper’s Rian Johnson, taking over directing duties from JJ Abrams. Its release date was previously delayed from May 2017 to December.

One movie he was more tight-lipped about was Episode IX. Not much is known about that one, except that Jurassic World’s Colin Trevorrow will be in the director’s chair. Iger only said that the film is aiming for a “2019 release.”

Source: The Independent
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