Star Wars film announced

The latest instalment in the Skywalker saga will be Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

A poster for the film was posted along with: “It’s official. STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is the next chapter of the Skywalker saga. This December. #TheLastJedi.”

The franchise’ official website added more detail, posting a statement that read: “We have the greatest fans in this or any other galaxy. In appreciation of the fans, we wanted them to be the first to know the title of the next chapter in the Skywalker saga: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.

“THE LAST JEDI is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.

“STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is scheduled for release December 15, 2017.”

The new film follows on from The Force Awakens and Rogue One.

Last week film producers were forced to deny that they would digitally recreate film performances of the late actress Carrie Fisher in future films.

Since Fisher, who famously played Princess Leia in the saga, died last month there has been speculation that filmmakers might use computer graphics technology to resurrect digital images of the actress in forthcoming chapters of the film series.

Such technology was used in the newly released "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in which a digital embodiment of British actor Peter Cushing, who died in 1994, returned for the role of the Grand Moff Tarkin.

He first played the role in the original 1977 Star Wars film, A New Hope.

It said: "We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher's performance as Princess or General Leia Organa.

"Carrie Fisher was, is and always will be part of the Lucasfilm family.

"She was our princess our general and more importantly, our friend. We are still hurting from her loss.

"We cherish her memory and legacy as Princess Leia and will always to strive to honour everything she gave to Star Wars."

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