Disney to Release Star Wars: Episode VIII in May 2017 

Originaly, Rogue One was to be released this year, on December 18.

Walt Disney Co will release the eighth installment in the Star Wars sci-fi film series on May 26, 2017, Chief Executive Bob Iger said on Thursday.

Iger, speaking at Disney's annual shareholder meeting, also announced that a spin-off from the franchise set for release in December 2016 will be called Rogue One.

Originaly, Rogue One was to be released this year, on December 18. As a result, the film topped moviegoers' lists of the most anticipated film of 2015.

The new Star Wars film, which will be the first produced by Walt Disney Co, is a reboot of George Lucas' sci-fi universe. Rogue One will be directed by Star Trek filmmaker J.J. Abrams.

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