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Rian Johnson Shares New Photos From the Set of 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'

Star Wars director Rian Johnson just celebrated a filming milestone by sharing some behind-the-scenes photos from Episode VIII on his Tumblr.

That day, the crew of the upcoming movie officially reached the halfway point in principal photography and Rian posted some photos of the team at work.

“I can’t believe we’re halfway through the shoot. (We’re halfway through the shoot!),” Rian wrote, alongside grainy black and white photos of some of the set being polished.

Earlier in the month, Rian also shared a photo of character Maz Kanata on a screen as well as cinematographer Steve Yedlin on set.

Star Wars: Episode VIII hits theaters on Dec. 15, 2017.

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Rian Johnson Set to Write & Direct 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'

Rian Johnson has been tapped to write and direct the next film in the Star Wars film franchise – Episode VIII, according to Deadline.

The filmmaker will be taking over the reign from J.J. Abrams, who is helming Episode VII at the moment. While it was initially reported he will also write and direct Episode IX, he will only be writing the treatment for the film.

Rian is best known for writing and directing the critically acclaimed movie Looper starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis.

Disney is entrusting the mega franchise with a bunch of hot young filmmakers. They have also booked Chronicle‘s Josh Trank and Godzilla‘s Gareth Edwards to direct spinoff films.

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