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‘Episode VIII’ to break ‘Star Wars’ tradition; new Han Solo unveiled

LOS ANGELES: The anticipated "Star Wars: Episode VIII" will pick up from the cliffhanger in the final scene of "The Force Awakens," fans of the franchise were told at a special event, while a new Han Solo was unveiled for a stand-alone film on the much-loved character. Director Rian Johnson said "Episode VIII," due out in theaters in December 2017, will break "a long-standing 'Star Wars' tradition" as each of the previous "Star Wars" films has picked up at least a year after the events of its predecessor. "I didn't…