Although Star Wars has never strayed far from our minds, there will now be an influx of new Star Wars movies for fans to enjoy. Lucasfilm and Disney weren't kidding when they said they would be releasing a new stand-alone story every year, and as of today we have one more official date to add to the Star Wars growing inventory.
The Walt Disney earnings call was released this morning, and CEO Bob Iger was eager to talk up the future of the Star Wars franchise.
After throwing out a wide casting net, it's no secret that a Han Solo spinoff is in the works.
Today, we know exactly when we'll get to see more of the backstory of the young smuggler who famously made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.
Iger was sure to mention the first stand-alone Star Wars movie, Rogue One, which will hit screens on December 16 of this year. Rogue One will be followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, and then the Han Solo stand-alone in the summer of 2018.
"This is the first of a set of planned stand-alone stories and we're already in preproduction on our next one, for release in May of 2018."
When it comes to production, I guess this time Han really will shoot second.
They might not have mentioned the movie by name — which makes sense since the title has yet to be released — but we all know that the "next one" in question means more Han Solo!
So from the look of things, even with slight shifts in release dates, Disney and Lucasfilm will achieve their ambitious goal of releasing one Star Wars movie a year.
Now we can finally scream it from the rooftops! Han Solo fans can expect to see his official stand-alone film come May, 2018.
Who do you think should play Han Solo in the next stand-alone 'Star Wars' movie?