With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story set to premiere tonight in Los Angeles, the hype for the next chapter of the Skywalker saga Star Wars: Episode VIII is going to start to heat up. The film written and directed by Rian Johnson has yet to receive an official title but a trademark filing picked up by AVS forum suggests the film could be titled Star Wars Episode VIII: Forces of Destiny.
The amount of good and services the title is being trademarked for definitely suggests this could be the film’s title but we’ll have to wait and see. There have been rumors of an Episode VIII trailer being attached to Rogue One but I think it’s highly unlikely. The marketing machine at Lucasfilm is a masterful one. There wasn’t a Rogue One trailer until a day after The Force Awakens was released on Blu-ray and chances are Lucasfilm will wait to do the same for Episode VIII. But it’s also possible Lucasfilm could stretch it for another week and wait until Star Wars Celebration in Orlando to give fans in attendance the first look at Episode VIII.
Star Wars: Episode VIII hits theaters December 15, 2017.
The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran, and Andy Serkis. Written and directed by Rian Johnson.