Rian Johnson wrapped principal photography on Star Wars: Episode VIII back in July 2016, and the post-production process seems to be coming along rather quickly. The director is already in the editing bay hard at work on the first cut, and legendary composer John Williams is going to start crafting the musical score in the near future. As far as the general public can tell, things are going smoothly with Star Wars 8, a rarity in this franchise.
For all the excitement surrounding this December's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the continuation of the Skywalker family saga is arguably the most anticipated upcoming film on Lucasfilm's slate. Fans are anxious to learn all they can about the eighth episode, and one of the most coveted pieces of information is the film's official title. Unfortunately for viewers, the studio isn't quite ready to officially reveal the name of Johnson's movie just yet, and there should be a long wait.
Star Daisy Ridley was on the My Dad Wrote a Porno podcast (hat tip Star Wars Underworld), where of course she was asked about the galaxy far, far away. When questioned about the film's title, the actress claimed to not know much at all:
"I heard a title, but I don’t know if it’s going to be that. I really don’t know much about anything. I heard the title a long time ago before we started filming, and so I feel some things have slightly tweaked during production. It’s going to be a while before it’s released I imagine."
Ridley probably has more details than she's leading on (Disney media trains their talent well), but she makes a fair point in suggesting Lucasfilm is in no rush to unveil the title. Right now, Rogue One remains the top priority, and most of their energies will be focused on promoting the spinoff. The studio runs the risk of overshadowing Rogue One if they do anything substantial on the Star Wars 8 front (which might be why Episode VIII had a limited presence at this summer's Celebration). There's still plenty of time before Johnson's film premieres, and the name announcement will come in due time.
As for when exactly that might be is anyone's guess. Theoretically, a teaser trailer for Episode VIII could be attached to Rogue One. Star Wars 7 was officially dubbed The Force Awakens in November 2014, 13 months before that film was released, so there is a precedent for the title being shared well in advance. It all matters when Lucasfilm starts gearing up the marketing machine for Star Wars 8. They didn't put out a trailer for Rogue One until April 2016, so they're probably working on ironing out the best strategy.
It will be fascinating to see what the studio ultimately goes with, since Star Wars movie titles typically have strong connections to the plot and overall arc of the story. One of the hallmarks of Lucasfilm's Disney era has been secrecy, and they most likely do not want the general public know too much about the forthcoming installment roughly a year and a half before it reaches theaters. This is something fans will find out soon enough, and as long as it's not The First Order Strikes Back, there shouldn't be too many complaints about it.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, and the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.
Source: My Dad Wrote a Porno (via Star Wars Underworld)