'Star Wars: Episode 8' Details - 6 Things We Know So Far!
Everyone who has seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens now wants to know… what is going to happen in Episode VIII?!
So, let’s recap what we know about the upcoming movie so far (but beware of reading on if you want to avoid minimal spoilers):
- 1. The release date!
It was announced back in March that the eighth movie in the franchise will be released on May 26, 2017.
- 2. The creative team!
Rian Johnson, who is best known for his work on 2012′s Looper, will be both writing and directing the movie. Kathleen Kennedy will return to produce the film alongside series newcomer Ram Bergman, who is Rian‘s producer partner.
- 3. The script is done!
Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey in the new trilogy, confirmed that she has already read the script for the upcoming sequel. “I have. It’s very good; very good. Let’s see VII first and then we’ll talk about VIII,” she joked with Variety.
- 4. The main The Force Awakens cast members are returning!
Kathleen told a UK outlet at the London premiere this week that “there will be a handful of new cast members in Episode VIII but also all the cast members you see here tonight will be in it as well.” The cast members in attendance included Daisy, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, and more!
- 5. Filming has already begun!
Back in September there were reports that The Force Awakens would be doing reshoots in Ireland, but Lucasfilm confirmed to EW that they were actually beginning to shoot sequences for Episode VIII. Filming is expected to resume in January.
- 6. You can expect something “weird” and different!
Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote The Force Awakens and some of the earlier movies, says that Rian is “going to make some weird thing. If you’ve seen Rian’s work, you know it’s not going be like anything that’s ever been in Star Wars.”
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