New Star Wars Details and More! (Disney Shareholder Meeting 2015)

Every year Disney holds a meeting for their shareholders, in which they announce all sorts of news! So, I’ll compile all of the news from this year’s meeting here on this post.

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“Rouge One” To Be the First Star Wars Standalone Film

At the shareholder meeting, Bob Iger announced that the first standalone Star Wars film (to be released on December 16, 2016) is going to be title “Rouge One”. Star Wars’ official site posted these details on the film:

“Rogue One is the title for the first film in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core Star Wars saga. Rogue One will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) and written by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz (Cinderella, About a Boy, Antz). The first actress cast is Felicity Jones, who garnered an Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim for her performance in The Theory of Everything. The idea for the story of Rogue One came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic. He will executive produce along with Simon Emanuel (The Dark Knight Rises, Fast & Furious 6) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds). Kathleen Kennedy and Tony To (Band of Brothers, The Pacific) are on board to produce and John Swartz (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will co-produce. The film starts shooting this summer in London and is due for release on December 16, 2016.”

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Star Wars VIII Release Date

Star Wars VII, written and directed by Rian Johnson , is officially being released on May 26, 2017. Star Wars’ official site posted these details on the film:

In addition, Iger confirmed that Rian Johnson will write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII. The film, which continues the saga after the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is set for release on May 26, 2017 — forty years and a day after the release of Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977. Johnson is widely considered one of cinema’s most gifted young filmmakers, having directed the modern sci-fi classic, Looper, as well as Brick and The Brothers Bloom. He was also behind the camera for three episodes of the critically-acclaimed TV series Breaking Bad, including “Ozymandias,” which series creator Vince Gilligan named as the best installment of the show. Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman, producer of Looper, Don Jon, Brick, and The Brothers Bloom, are on board to produce.

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“Frozen 2” Officially Announced

The sequel to the box-office hit Frozen was announced officially today. The directors and writers of the original, Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, will be coming back for the sequel, although it is not official as to if they will be directing the sequel. The only returning cast member that is official is Josh Gad, who will return as Olaf, although most of the main cast will most likely return.

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Some pretty exciting news here! Glad to see Disney announcing some new Star Wars information. What are your thoughts? Comment below.

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