Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still playing in theaters across the globe, but Lucasfilm is hard at work on the future of the franchise. This morning, StarWars.com released an official statement confirming that production was underway on Star Wars: Episode VIII, and as an added bonus, they gave us an oh-so-brief glimpse of a pivotal scene being recreated.
Check out the Star Wars: Episode VIII announcement trailer below.
In addition, the site also confirmed the official cast listing for Star Wars: Episode VIII, including a couple of new additions. Benicio del Toro is onboard, confirming the rumors that began last summer, and Laura Dern has also joined up along with Kelly Marie Tran, a relative newcomer that may have beaten out several other actresses vying for a key role in the new film.
Of course, with the better part of two years to go until the release date, we probably won’t be hearing much more about Star Wars: Episode VIII for awhile – but that’s okay, because we still have the home video release of The Force Awakens to look forward to, not to mention this year’s Star Wars: Rogue One, from director Gareth Edwards.
Star Wars: Episode VIII opens on December 15, 2017.
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).