HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 10:  Actor Benicio del Toro attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Inherent Vice" at TCL Chinese Theatre on December 10, 2014 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)


As filming of the eight installment of Star Wars finally kicked off, the production team unveiled today some of the new additions to the cast which include veterans Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro as well as newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.


The announcement was accompanied by a teaser of the first day of shooting, setting up the next chapter of the journey. “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“.


In line with the secrecy, surrounding the successor to one of the highest grossing movies of all time, at present we can only speculate about the nature of the new roles. According to rumours Benicio Del Toro, last seen in the critically acclaimed Sicario, will play a villain, while Kelly Marie Tran may fill in the role vacated by Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Star Wars: Episode VIII is scheduled for release on December 15, 2017.



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