It is definitely a movie and it is definitely coming out
On December 15th, 2017, in fact.
The main players are back
Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), and Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke) are all back. Gwendoline Christie will also return as Captain Phasma, clearing up whether our heroes smushed the chrome Stormtrooper in the trash compactor during the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
J.J. Abrams is out, Rian Johnson is in
Johnson, who directs Episode VIII from a script he penned, is the man behind Brick, The Brothers Bloom, Looper, and most of your favorite Breaking Bad episodes.
Maz Kanata will return!
Johnson snapped an artsy black-and-white of actress Lupita Nyong'o in motion-capture mode, bringing the CGI character back to life.