The other big Star Wars story of the day was the official release date for Star Wars: Episode VIII. While many had assumed that the film would snag a December 2017 release date, Disney announced today that the film will be in theaters on May 26, 2017, a mere 1.5 years after The Force Awakens. That's an insane turn around, but with a different director and a new team of screenwriters, this isn't too surprising to me. Rian Johnson will be writing and directing this film, with little to no involvement from JJ Abrams. As Star Wars.com notes, this film will be hitting theaters 40 years and 1 day after the original Star Wars hit theaters, which will make for a fun anniversary celebration. It's safe to say that I'm very excited for the future of this franchise and I can't wait to see everything that Disney has in store for us. The fact that we'll be seeing three new Star Wars films in an 18 month period is very, very exciting.
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