Get ready for more Star Wars because another film has been confirmed to start filming next year.
He may not be the most likely of sources for announcing a new Star Wars movie, but Britain's chancellor George Osborne did just that when he revealed on June 10th that "another #StarWars film will be made in the UK".
The film referred to is the upcoming spin-off directed by Gareth Edwards of Godzilla and Monsters fame. The untitled movie which is being developed along with the new trilogy will begin filming in 2015 at Pinewood Studios.
The first of two stand-alone Star Wars movies will be released in 2016 with the second, directed by Chronicle's Josh Trank, likely be out sometime in 2018.
Star Wars: Episode VII, the latest instalment in the saga, began filming on May 16th in Abu Dhabi before moving on to England's Pinewood Studios earlier this month.
Conservative MP George Osborne visited the Episode VII set last night to meet with director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy to discuss tax relief that is offered in the UK for qualifying film expenditure. While there he Tweeted this picture with R2-D2:
It is unclear what either stand-alone film will be about but rumours suggest that they will serve as origin stories for existing characters, namely Han Solo and Boba Fett -- though these rumours have since been denied by Kathleen Kennedy.
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Star Wars: Episode VII will be out December 18th, 2015.
The untitled Star Wars spin-off is due for release December 16th, 2016.