Disney to release 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' in May 2017

Disney to release 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' in May 2017
People dressed up as characters from the Star Wars movies take part in a parade during a tourism event in the Star Wars movie set at Ong Jmal, in Nefta, Tunisia May 3, 2014.

Walt Disney Co will release the eighth instalment in the "Star Wars" sci-fi film series on May 26, 2017, Chief Executive Bob Iger said on Thursday.

Iger, speaking at Disney's annual shareholder meeting, also announced that a spin-off from the franchise set for release in December 2016 will be called "Rogue One."

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