The Star Wars franchise under the Disney banner is beginning to take shape as the first in what the house of mouse hopes will be a series of stand alone movies was announced, Star Wars reports. San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts was the meeting point for a meeting of Disney shareholders who were treated to news of the Star Wars canon by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger. The initial details revolved around Rogue One, a stand alone movie to open in 2016 featuring Felicity Jones, fresh from an Oscar nominated performance in The Theory of Everything.
After the announcement that Rogue One had been given the green light Iger continued by explaining the future direction of the main Star Wars franchise said Paul Mathieson. Rian Johnson, director of Brick and Looper is to step into the writing and directing shoes of J.J. Abrams for star Wars: Episode VIII. The movie is scheduled to be released 40 years and one day after A New Hope debuted in 1977.