Filming For ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Has Officially Begun | Film News
Good news everyone, filming for the currently untitled Star Wars: Episode VIII has started, despite the movie’s release date being pushed back from May 2017 to December 2017. According to Disney CEO Bob Iger, film director and writer Rian Johnson has already started the cameras rolling for the eighth installment of the space saga, merely a few weeks after the principal photography’s original start date.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Iger stated that filming is officially underway; whilst also revealing that the production for Episode IX has also started “Filming of Star Wars: Episode VIII, the next chapter of the legendary saga, has just commenced and it will be in theaters December 2017. And production of Episode IX, a 2019 release, has also begun”.
Currently, little is known about Johnson’s upcoming creation; but John Boyega previously revealed the script for Episode VIII is “great”, but “much darker” than J.J Abrams‘ The Force Awakens. Regarding the cast, new editions are being kept a closely guarded secret. However, those rumoured to join the bandwagon include The Diary of a Teenage Girl star Bel Powley and Jane The Virgin’s Gina Rodriguez.
Those confirmed to return are: Daisy Ridely (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Carrie Fisher (General Leia), Mark Hamill (Luke Sywalker) and Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma). We can assume that Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) and Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke) will also be returning. Stay tuned for further updates.
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