Star Wars announces Rogue One as title of first spin-off movie

The prophecy came true. Felicity Jones and Rian Johnson are both joining the Star Wars universe, and Lucasfilm has revealed the first spin-off movie will be called Rogue One.

Johnson, the filmmaker behind the high-school noir, Brick, and the time-travel crime saga, Looper, has finally completed negotiations to pick up the lightsaber baton from J.J. Abrams and make The Force Awakens followup, Star Wars: Episode VIII.

Meanwhile, Jones—a recent Oscar-nominee for The Theory of Everything—has also wrapped up talks to star in the first stand-alone film, separate from the new trilogy but a new look at the broader Star Wars universe. That film, to be directed by Godzilla filmmaker Gareth Edwards, will be Rogue One.

That film starts shooting this summer and it arrives in theaters Dec. 16, 2016.

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