After years and years of waiting, Star Wars: The Force Awakens delivered not only thrills, but also answers to some of the biggest questions that fans have been asking about the fictional universe since the release of Return of the Jedi. Of course, the film is not only considered Episode VII, but also the launch pad for a brand new trilogy of movies that will work to complete the story of both the characters we've just been introduced to and the ones we've known and loved for decades. Basically, the wait for The Force Awakens has ended, but now the wait for Star Wars: Episode VIII has begun.

As we do with all big upcoming blockbusters, we've thrown together a handy guide for the next chapter of the legendary sci-fi story -- utilizing all of the information that we got from The Force Awakens as well as all of the rumors and reports that have been swirling around. What do we know so far about Star Wars: Episode VIII? Read on and find out!

SPOILERS AHEAD: This article contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you want to read our spoiler-free review, click here. The rest of you, read on... but know that you have been warned.

What Is The Star Wars: Episode VIII Release Date?

Unfortunately, we have quite a while to wait yet before we can fully feast our eyes on Star Wars: Episode VIII. The film is currently scheduled to arrive in theaters on December 15, 2017. If that wait seems too long for you to take, remember that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will hit theaters this December, and should help tide you over.

What Is The Star Wars: Episode VIII Rating?

Films don't get their official rating until just a few weeks before they open, so, since we still have over a year to wait before Star Wars: Episode VIII hits theaters, we aren't completely sure of the rating just yet. But, the Star Wars movies always shoot for either PG or PG-13 ratings, so you can bet that this film will be in line with that track record. Star Wars: The Force Awakens had a PG-13 rating, so it's even more likely that Episode VIII will carry the same rating when it opens next December.

Rian Johnson

The Director

Director J.J. Abrams was the man put in charge of laying the groundwork for what will be the future of the Star Wars saga, but he won't stay in that position going forward. After directing The Force Awakens, Abrams will be staying on as an Executive Producer and creative consultant for the franchise, while the reins will be handed over to writer/director Rian Johnson (who landed the gig back in June 2014). The blockbuster will be the first time that the young filmmaker has taken the helm of a franchise feature, though his experience does give us a great deal of confidence in his abilities. He broke out onto the scene with his fantastic, gritty neo-noir Brick, and he has followed it up with the fun caper The Brothers Bloom and the trippy time travel action movie Looper. With that most recent title in particular, he has demonstrated a knack for sci-fi storytelling, and it's exciting to think of what he will do with a mix of iconic and soon-to-be-iconic characters.

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