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Bob Iger confirms Han Solo movie for May 2018 and gives updates on the now filming Star Wars episodes VIII

February 10th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments

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It’s coming. And now we know when. Disney CEO Bo Iger has confirmed that the Han Solo standalone movie will be released in May 2018.

“This is the first of a set of planned stand-alone stories,” he said of Rogue One, which will complete principal photography soon, “we’re already in preproduction on our next one, for release in May of 2018,” report Squareeyed.

Iger provided updates on the studio’s ever-expanding Star Wars universe, while hailing the enormous financial success of the The Force Awakens. It is only the third film in history to collect more than $2 billion at the global box office, and the only domestic release to collect more than $900 million.

“There is no better way to propel this franchise into the future than producing quality products,” he said. “Filming of Star Wars: Episode VIII, the next chapter of the legendary saga, has just commenced and it will be in theatres December 2017. And production of Episode IX, a 2019 release, has also begun.”

“Filming of Rogue One is virtually completed and we absolutely love what we’ve seen so far,” he said, of the heist story about Rebel plans to steal the blueprints for the original Death Star. “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.”

The ‘next one’ is the Han Solo story, so we are getting his movie in just over two years! It’s such an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan.

Finally, Iger confirmed that the company planned to break ground later this year on new Star Wars attractions at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.

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