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It's almost hard to believe, but Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been out for about a month. The first standalone movie in a galaxy far, far away has been making tons of cash, while also further expanding and informing the franchise we know and love. Now that we've finally met Jyn, K-2SO, and the gang, we look forward to the next installment in the main storyline: the still untitled Star Wars: Episode VIII. Many fans were hoping that the title, as well as hopefully some footage, would be shown alongside Rogue One's release. Alas, we've got nothing, although director Rian Johnson did clue us into the process of creating the title.
It was in the very first draft I wrote. I'll blurt it out right now! All in good time.
While pulling on all of our legs regarding the big reveal, Rian Johnson also may have given the hardcore fans a reason to relax. The title was one of the first decisions to come out of the project, so we should know it's both effective and probably pretty damn exciting.
Star Wars is one franchise that is especially effective with keeping the contents of the films a secret until their release. While many blockbusters give away far too much information through trailers and marketing, Star Wars keeps its cards closer to the chest.
While this is effective in allowing the fandom to experience moments of surprise, sadness, and joy in The Force Awakens and Rogue One, it can make the time leading up to a new release almost excruciating. Star Wars fans are some of the most dedicated groups in the world, and they need to see the proper amount of Luke, Leia, Rey, and company leading up to opening weekend.
Alas, it looks like Disney will remain tight-lipped regarding Rian Johnson's Episode VIII for the time being. But the movie is in the can and presumably in the midst of the editing process, meaning that the first trailer is likely being constructed. Regarding when we can expect the first footage, it's safe to say it will be in a few months from now- likely during a high profile Disney release like a Marvel film. But we should expect the big title reveal to be sooner rather than later... hopefully.
The untitled Star Wars: Episode VIII will pick up immediately where The Force Awakens left off. With Luke Skywalker finally discovered by Rey, we will likely learn the series of events which led to his solitude, and see as The Resistance continues to battle The First Order. Directed and written by Rian Johnson, the film will fly into theaters December 15th, 2017.