Star Wars Episode VIII - Everything We Know So Far

Who's back? What will happen? Will Jar Jar Binks turn up?

Despite being just under two years from release, Star Wars: Episode VIII is probably the most hyped movie currently in the cinematic pipeline: is there anybody out there, who, having seen The Force Awakens, isn't incredibly psyched to see what happens next? After the roaring success of J.J. Abrams' brilliantly entertaining follow-up to 1983's Return Of The Jedi, fans old and new of George Lucas' space saga await the next chapter with baited breath. Unfortunately, there's a long way to go and the movie - like its predecessor - is likely to unveil itself in a slow myriad of secrets and red herrings. Simply put, information regarding the film - at this point - is super thin. Still, that doesn't mean there aren't some facts out there regarding Episode VIII - not to mention a fair few tidbits, rumours and juicy fan speculation. So let's take a look, breaking down everything Disney has revealed so far with regards to the upcoming flick.

10. The Release Date Has Been Changed To 15th December 2017

Despite the fact that Episode VIII was originally positioned for a release in May 2017, it turned out that such a thing was, as expected, too good to be true. So it was recently announced by Disney that the follow-up to The Force Awakens won't arrive in cinemas around the world until December 15, 2017 (seven months later than everybody originally thought they'd be getting it). Still, some good did come of this: Avatar 2's intended December 2017 release has been cancelled and the film was put on hold (who needs more Avatar?). Sadly, Disney moved the very unnecessary Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales into Episode VIII's old release slot. So, yeah: you get that in May 2017 instead.

Sam Hill is an ardent cinephile and has been writing about film professionally since 2008. He harbours a particular fondness for western and sci-fi movies.