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The name of the first 'Star Wars' spinoff film is 'Rogue One'


Felicity Jones

The name of the first "Star Wars" spinoff movie will be called "Rogue One." 

Disney CEO Bob Iger made the announcement Thursday during the company's annual shareholders' meeting.

StarWars.com has the full announcement.

The film will be directed by Gareth Edwards ("Godzilla") and will star Felicity Jones.

Those in attendance received a quick glimpse at concept art for the film.

"Rogue One" will be released December 16, 2016 and will begin filming in London this summer.

Previously, Iger confirmed at least three "Star Wars" spinoff films are in the works.

"Star Wars: Episode VII" will be released December 18, 2015.

Here's the announcement from StarWars.com:

This morning at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, across the street from Lucasfilm, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger hosted a shareholder meeting where he announced news regarding the first Star Wars stand-alone movie as well as Star Wars: Episode VIII.

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 (MonstersGodzilla) and written by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz (CinderellaAbout a BoyAntz). 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 RisesFast & Furious 6) and Jason McGatlin (TintinWar of the Worlds). Kathleen Kennedy and Tony To (Band of BrothersThe 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.

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 LooperDon JonBrick, and The Brothers Bloom, are on board to produce.

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SEE ALSO: Disney's 2017 movie schedule is insane

AND: Disney shareholders got a first glimpse at "Rogue One" concept art

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