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Donnie Yen to join Star Wars: Episode VIII?

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Rian Johnson's Star Wars: Episode VIII might be a couple of years off - and we have TWO other Star Wars films due in cinemas before then, but we've now had the first piece of casting news over and above the cast of The Force Awakens. Hong Kong-based site Apple Daily are reporting that Ip Man star Donnie Yen is expected to join the new film as a Jedi 'warrior'.

The same site mentions Harrison Ford has been confirmed for the second film in the follow-up trilogy, but that in itself is the subject of a huge amount of discussion.

Star Wars: Episode VIII arrives in cinemas in May 2017, the third instalment in the franchise since Disney took up production of the series. It will be preceded by Star Wars: The Force Awakens on 16th December 2015 and Star Wars: Rogue One on 18th December 2016.

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Last updated: 06/08/2018 16:31:00

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Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams.

A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One and 2017 will see the second film in the new trilogy, Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi.

Another spin-off will be released in 2018 - Solo - which tells the story of Han Solo before the original Star Wars film and 2019 will round off the third trilogy with the untitled Episode IX.

A fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson and they will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.

In addition, there are the TV series The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and a new as yet untitled live action series due to debut some time after 2020.

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