I know what you’re thinking: Star Wars: The Force Awakens is not even out of cinemas yet, so that headline must be a mistake, right? Well, I can assure that it is 100% true! Kind of!
While we do indeed have our first look at Star Wars: Episode VIII – even featuring Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker! – it’s actually just a small announcement video released by Disney to mark the start of production on the Rian Johnson written/directed Episode VIII. That doesn’t mean it’s not pretty damn epic though, as it features on hell of a cool shot of the greying and grizzled old Jedi we last saw at the end of The Force Awakens!
Check it out below!
How good was that?! This also gives us a strong hint that Johnson will pick up Episode VIII exactly where JJ Abrams’ The Force Awakens left off, which is something that has never been done before. Typically there has always been a time jump of a couple of years between Episodes, but that is clearly the island of Skellig Michael – the same island featured in the final scenes of The Force Awakens – that Johnson is shooting on. Could this new trilogy actually boast a more cohesive narrative than anything that’s been done before?
Along with the clip, Disney also issued the following press release which is the first official confirmation of new cast members Benicio Del Toro (rumoured to be a new villain), Laura Dern and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.
Rey took her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will continue her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the continuing Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Episode VIII, which began principal photography at Pinewood Studios in London on February 15, 2016.
Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is written and directed by Rian Johnson and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, welcomes back cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and talented newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski. Joining the production crew will be some of the industry’s top talent, including Steve Yedlin (Director of Photography), Bob Ducsay (Editor), Rick Heinrichs (Production Designer), Peter Swords King (Hair and Make-Up Designer), and Mary Vernieu (US Casting Director). They will be joining returning crew members Pippa Anderson (Co-Producer, VP Post Production), Neal Scanlan (Creature & Droid FX Creative Supervisor), Michael Kaplan (Costume Designer), Jamie Wilkinson (Prop Master), Chris Corbould (SFX Supervisor), Rob Inch (Stunt Coordinator), Ben Morris (VFX Supervisor), and Nina Gold (UK Casting Director).Star Wars: Episode VIII is scheduled for release December 15, 2017.
Last Updated: February 16, 2016