Cameras have official begun shooting on Star Wars: Episode VIII under director Rian Johnson (Looper). To celebrate the beginning of production Disney has released the very first Star Wars: Episode VIII production teaser. In addition to the teaser Disney and LicasArts have also revealed that that Laura Dern (Jurrasic Park) and Benicio Del Toro (Sicaro) will be joining the cast.
Among the production announcement Disney had this to say about Episode VIII:
“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.”
It is interesting that Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) is not listed in the cast announcement since he was with Rey at the end of episode VII, but it is still early.
Star Wars: Episode VIII opens December 15, 2017. Will you be there for opening night? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.